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Seasonal Variation in Small Mammal Granivory in Restored Tallgrass Prairie

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dc.contributor.advisor MacDougall, Andrew Schneider, Stefan 2014-01-13T14:59:08Z 2014-01-13T14:59:08Z 2013-11 2013-12-18 2014-01-13
dc.description This study answered the question of when seasonally rodents have the greatest impact on a restored tallgrass prairie plant community. Five complementary experimental methods were used spanning an entire year: cafeteria trials, plant identification using DNA analyses, trap lines, exclosures and enclosures. In combination my research suggests small mammals could potentially influence prairie plant diversity during a narrow seasonal window of late summer. Additionally, an unexpected appearance of a short-tail weasel population reduced rodent population size, possibly acting to mitigate rodent impacts on prairie plant communities. en_US
dc.description.abstract Plant – animal interactions are strongly intertwined, as plant availability can limit the size and fecundity of consumer populations while consumers can limit plant production and diversity. Rodent-plant interactions in prairie systems are likely substantial and highly seasonal however this has not been rigorously tested. I examined seasonal variation in the consumption of prairie plants by small mammals by comparing monthly differences in: seed removal, seed preference, diet as well as monitoring fenced plant communities. My work revealed strong seasonal variation in the removal of prairie seed with consumption highest during summer and winter, times of high and low population size. The highest proportions of native prairie plants were consumed during late summer with a diet of mostly non-prairie plants the remainder of the year. My research suggests that small mammals could potentially influence prairie plant diversity, with these impacts occurring mostly in a narrow seasonal window of late summer. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship rare Charitable Research Reserve en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject Small Mammal en_US
dc.subject Prairie en_US
dc.subject Seasonality en_US
dc.subject Trophic en_US
dc.subject Granivory en_US
dc.subject Rodent en_US
dc.subject Diversity en_US
dc.subject Trophic Cascade en_US
dc.subject Tallgrass Prairie en_US
dc.subject Predation en_US
dc.subject Mustela en_US
dc.subject Peromyscus en_US
dc.subject DNA en_US
dc.subject Diet en_US
dc.subject Seed Removal en_US
dc.subject Population en_US
dc.subject Trapping en_US
dc.subject Cages en_US
dc.subject Palatable en_US
dc.subject Seed en_US
dc.subject Predator en_US
dc.subject Prey en_US
dc.subject Top-Down en_US
dc.subject Bottom-Up en_US
dc.subject Consumer en_US
dc.subject Resource en_US
dc.subject Restoration en_US
dc.subject Erminea en_US
dc.subject Stoat en_US
dc.subject Deer Mouse en_US
dc.subject Jumping Mouse en_US
dc.subject Zapus en_US
dc.subject Foraging en_US
dc.subject Preference en_US
dc.subject rodent-plant en_US
dc.subject interactions en_US
dc.subject abundance en_US
dc.subject richness en_US
dc.subject capture en_US
dc.subject recapture en_US
dc.subject trap line en_US
dc.subject exotic en_US
dc.subject species en_US
dc.subject native en_US
dc.title Seasonal Variation in Small Mammal Granivory in Restored Tallgrass Prairie en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Integrative Biology en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Integrative Biology en_US
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