Evaluating Ecological Restoration In Tennessee Hardwood Bottomland Forests, 2010 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Evaluating Ecological Restoration In Tennessee Hardwood Bottomland Forests, Elizabeth Anne Summers
Hardwood bottomland ecosystems provide critical habitat for various wildlife among numerous ecosystem services. Since the 1800s, these forested wetlands have been logged and drained for agriculture. The federal government passed a series of legislative acts that protected wetlands and provided monetary support for restoration. The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) was established in 1990 with the goal of restoring ecological function in wetlands. Although several studies have measured plant and wildlife responses to WRP restorations, no standard protocol has been developed to monitor the state of ecological restoration at sites. Index of biotic integrity (IBI) models are commonly used to evaluate ...
Bats Of The Grenadine Islands, West Indies, And Placement Of Koopman's Line, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Bats Of The Grenadine Islands, West Indies, And Placement Of Koopman's Line, Hugh H. Genoways, Gary G. Kwiecinski, Peter A. Larsen, Scott C. Pedersen, Roxanne J. Larsen, Justin D. Hoffman, Mark De Silva, Carleton J. Phillips, Robert J. Baker
Mammalogy Papers: University of Nebraska State Museum
Almost nothing is known concerning the chiropteran fauna on the Grenadine Islands, a chain of islands between St. Vincent and Grenada located near the southern end of the Lesser Antilles. Previously, only a single species—Glossophaga longirostris—had been reported from the Grenadines. Our research, conducted on 4 occasions over the period of 1980 to 2006, provided museum vouchers and genetic specimens for the addition of 4 other species to the known fauna of these islands—Noctilio leporinus, Artibeus lituratus, Artibeus schwartzi, and Molossus molossus. The Grenadines, being situated between St. Vincent and Grenada, occupy an important zoogeographic position. None ...
Fire: Ecology & Prevention, 2010 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Fire: Ecology & Prevention, Justin R. Frey
No abstract provided.
Taxonomy, Biogeography And Pest Status Of Marmara Sp. In Northern Mexico And California Citrus Production, 2010 California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
Taxonomy, Biogeography And Pest Status Of Marmara Sp. In Northern Mexico And California Citrus Production, Paul Semet
Master's Theses and Project Reports
A novel lepidopteran sex pheromone lure which was thought to be species-specific to the citrus pest Marmara gulosa (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) Guillén (McElfresh et al. 2009) has attracted male moths exhibiting two distinct morphologies. The morphological features examined were the sclerotized parts that make up the male genitalia; which include the valvular lobes, costal lobes, cucullar lobes, and the aedeagus. The sclerotized parts were methodically dissected and mounted on microscope slides. Digital images captured of the slide-mounted specimens proved to be inconsistent with the illustrations provided in the original Marmara gulosa species description (Guillén et al. 2001).
The morphologies of all ...
Non-Senescence In Neoclassical Growth Theory, 2010 Decision Processes Incorporated
Non-Senescence In Neoclassical Growth Theory, Harry D. Saunders
Harry D. Saunders
This presentation describes research showing that non-senescent genotypes can dominate senescent ones under certain evolutionary conditions.
Reproductive Failure And The Stress Response In American Kestrels Nesting Along A Human Disturbance Gradient, 2010 Boise State University
Reproductive Failure And The Stress Response In American Kestrels Nesting Along A Human Disturbance Gradient, Erin Hennegan Strasser
Boise State University Theses and Dissertations
Human disturbance may be an influential environmental stressor that affects birds across life stages. I examined whether external and endogenous factors including habitat type, habitat quality and individual quality (hereafter quality), or human disturbance affect American Kestrel reproductive success in southwestern Idaho. Specifically, I was interested in how these factors lead to nest failure or abandonment. I also investigated whether elevated corticosterone (CORT) concentrations mediate the relationships among explanatory variables and nest failure. As nestling kestrels may respond to stressors differently from adults, I examined whether conditions experienced during the nestling stage affected nestling American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) hypothalamic pituitary ...
Determining The Relationship Of Human Enteric Viruses In Clinical, Wastewater, And Environmental Samples Utilizing Molecular And Cell Culture Techniques, 2010 University of Southern Mississippi
Determining The Relationship Of Human Enteric Viruses In Clinical, Wastewater, And Environmental Samples Utilizing Molecular And Cell Culture Techniques, Jacquelina Susann Williams Woods
This study was the first to examine five significant enteric viruses in human fecal material, sewage, and oysters to show a genetic relationship between human enteric viruses and different sample matrices. Fecal samples were collected from an area hospital and examined for norovirus genotype I (NoV GI), norovirus genotype II (NoV Gil), hepatitis A virus (HA V), adenovirus (ADV), and enteroviruses. During this study, sewage samples were collected from a Waster Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Mobile, ALand oyster sentinels were placed at 0.1 nautical miles (nm) (station 1 ), 0.2nm (station 2}, 1.5nm (station 3), and 4nm ...
A Comparison Of The Singing Activity Of Carolina Wrens (Thryothorus Ludovicianus)) In Urban And Rural Settings, 2010 Western Kentucky University
A Comparison Of The Singing Activity Of Carolina Wrens (Thryothorus Ludovicianus)) In Urban And Rural Settings, Shannon R. Trimboli
Masters Theses & Specialist Projects
As the earth’s landscape becomes increasingly urbanized, local wildlife must adapt to urban conditions or migrate to areas that are more rural. Urban wildlife face challenges such as direct loss of habitat, competition with non-native species, disturbance due to anthropogenic noise, and micro-climatic changes. Factors such as temperature, relative humidity, and noise affect the acoustical environment and may affect the ability of many animals, including birds, to communicate.
Understanding how urbanization affects birds’ singing behavior is critical because singing often plays a vital role in attracting mates and defending territories. In addition, as global climate change occurs it will ...
Seasonality, Variation In Species Prevalence, And Localized Disease For Ranavirus In Cades Cove (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) Amphibians, 2010 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Seasonality, Variation In Species Prevalence, And Localized Disease For Ranavirus In Cades Cove (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) Amphibians, Megan Todd-Thompson
World-wide amphibian declines sparked concern and encouraged investigation into potential causes beginning in the 1980’s. Infectious disease has been identified as one of the major potential contributors to amphibian declines. For example, Ranavirus has caused amphibian die-offs throughout the United States. Investigators isolated Ranavirus from dead or moribund amphibians during large-scale die-offs of amphibians in the Cades Cove area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1999-2001. In 2009, after nearly a decade without follow-up monitoring, I undertook an investigation to determine if the virus persisted in the area, and if so, to assess spatial, temporal, and taxonomic patterns ...
The Interactive Effects Of Predators, Resources, And Disturbance On Freshwater Snail Populations From The Everglades, 2010 Florida International University
The Interactive Effects Of Predators, Resources, And Disturbance On Freshwater Snail Populations From The Everglades, Clifton B. Ruehl
FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations
The origins of population dynamics depend on interplay between abiotic and biotic factors; the relative importance of each changing across space and time. Predation is a central feature of ecological communities that removes individuals (consumption) and alters prey traits (non-consumptive). Resource quality mitigates non-consumptive predator effects by stimulating growth and reproduction. Disturbance resets predator-prey interactions by removing both. I integrate experiments, time-series analysis, and performance trials to examine the relative importance of these on the population dynamics of a snail species by studying a variety of their traits. A review of ninety-three published articles revealed that snail abundance was much ...
Quite A Year And New Life For Panthera Tigris: The St. Petersburg Declaration And The Future Of Wild Tigers, Philip J. Nyhus, Lisa Ann Tekancic
No abstract provided.
The Climatic Niche Diversity Of Malagasy Primates: A Phylogenetic Approach, 2010 Yale University
The Climatic Niche Diversity Of Malagasy Primates: A Phylogenetic Approach, Jason M. Kamilar, Kathleen M. Muldoon
Anthropology Department Faculty Publication Series
Numerous researchers have posited that there should be a strong negative relationship between the evolutionary distance among species and their ecological similarity. Alternative evidence suggests that members of adaptive radiations should display no relationship between divergence time and ecological similarity because rapid evolution results in near-simultaneous speciation early in the clade's history. In this paper, we performed the first investigation of ecological diversity in a phylogenetic context using a mammalian adaptive radiation, the Malagasy primates.
We collected data for 43 extant species including: 1) 1064 species by locality samples, 2) GIS climate data for each ...
Environmental And Endogenous Factors Influencing Emigration In Juvenile Anadromous Alewives, 2010 University of Connecticut - Storrs
Environmental And Endogenous Factors Influencing Emigration In Juvenile Anadromous Alewives, Benjamin I. Gahagan, Eric T. Schultz, Katie E. Gherard
We analyzed juvenile anadromous alewife migration at Bride Lake, a coastal lake in Connecticut, during summer 2006 and found that migration on 24-hour and seasonal timescales was influenced by conditions of the environment and characteristics of the individual. To identify environmental cues of juvenile migration, we continuously video recorded fish at the lake outflow and employed information-theoretic model selection to identify the best predictors of daily migration rate. More than 80% of the approximately 320,000 juveniles that migrated from mid-June to mid-August departed in three pulses lasting one or two days. Pulses of migration were associated with precipitation events ...
Games Played By Predators And Prey, 2010 Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev
Games Played By Predators And Prey, Amos Bouskila
No abstract provided.
Investigating The Parasitism Of Southern California Bean Clams (Donax Gouldii) By The Trematode Postmonorchis Donacis, R N. Winter, M.B. A. Hatch
Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences
The bean clam, Donax gouldii, is an intermediate host of the monorchid trematode Postmonorchis donacis. Bean clams were collected from nine locations in San Diego County, CA, and siphons and mantle edges examined. Two hypotheses were tested: (1) parasitism increases with valve length, and (2) female clams have more parasites than males. A positive relationship was found between clam length and parasitism at all locations; there was no significant difference (a 5 0.05) in male and female parasitism rates. Spatial variation on a kilometer scale was observed in trematode infestation rate and intensity.
Reproduction In The Baja California Collared Lizard, Crotaphytus Vestigium (Squamata: Crotaphytidae), 2010 Occidental College
Reproduction In The Baja California Collared Lizard, Crotaphytus Vestigium (Squamata: Crotaphytidae), Stephen R. Goldberg, Clark R. Mahrdt
Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences
Niche Specialization And Conservation Biology Of Cicindela Nevadica Lincolniana, 2010 University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Niche Specialization And Conservation Biology Of Cicindela Nevadica Lincolniana, Tierney R. Brosius
Dissertations and Student Research in Entomology
As with many organisms across the globe, Cicindela nevadica lincolniana is threatened with extinction. Understanding ecological factors that contribute to extinction vulnerability and what methods aid in the recovery of those species is essential in developing successful conservation programs. Here we examine behavioral mechanisms for niche partitioning along with improving techniques for captive rearing protocol and increasing public awareness about the conservation of this local insect. Ovipositional selectivity was examined for Cicindela nevadica lincolniana, Cicindela circumpicta, Cicindela togata, Cicindela punctulata, and Cicindela fulgida. Models reflect that these species of co-occurring tiger beetles select different ranges of salinity in which to ...
Carbon Dynamics In A Phragmites Australis Invaded Riparian Wetland, Steven Walters
Dissertations & Theses in Natural Resources
Invasive plant species are widely recognized as a major threat to biodiversity and ecosystem stability. Wetland ecosystems tend to be much more susceptible to invasions because of their location on the landscape where water, nutrients, and the impacts of disturbances accumulate. Invasive plants have the ability to alter ecosystem processes and community/population dynamics. The ability of invasive plants to alter these processes can have profound economic consequences. In the United States, control of invasive wetland species alone costs approximately 155 million dollars annually. The state of Nebraska spends 2 million dollars annually controlling invasive plant species in the Platte ...
Testing The Behavioral Responses Of West Virginia Turtles To Roads And Vehicles, 2010 Marshall University
Testing The Behavioral Responses Of West Virginia Turtles To Roads And Vehicles, Aaron Clinton Gooley
Theses, Dissertations and Capstones
Road mortality has been identified as a major threat to many turtle species; however, response to passing vehicles, crossing speed, and general behavior while crossing roads has never been investigated in turtles. To investigate these factors, Midland Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta marginata), Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene c. carolina), and Stinkpots (Sternotherus odoratus) were collected and placed in a release box on the side of a closed road with an active road running parallel to it 26 m away. Turtles were released via a pulley-operated door facing the road, and their actions videotaped by an observer in a nearby blind. A ...
Sustainability Education As A Catalyst For University And Community Partnerships, 2010 Loyola University Chicago
Sustainability Education As A Catalyst For University And Community Partnerships, Shane Lishawa, Adam Schubel, Alison Varty, Nancy Tuchman
Institute of Environmental Sustainability: Faculty Publications and Other Works
Universities are uniquely positioned to lead society toward sustainability and their collaborations with community organizations are essential to this transition. The Biodiesel Program at Loyola University Chicago Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy provides a case study of course-based service-learning projects facilitating synergies between the university and the community while concomitantly fostering urban sustainability. This article discusses the program’s design andstructure, and describes specific examples of community partnerships that havebenefited the university, the community, and the environment