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dc.contributor.advisorSemlitsch, Raymond D.eng
dc.contributor.authorHocking, Daniel J.eng
dc.date.issued2007eng
dc.date.submitted2007 Springeng
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on October 26, 2007)eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2007.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Biological sciences.eng
dc.description.abstractAmphibian diversity and abundance are generally reduced following clearcut logging. These impacts often last for decades, but little is known about why diversity and abundance are depressed. I examined gray treefrog breeding site selection and subsequent offspring performance following experimental forest manipulations. Using wading pools and cattle tanks, I found that gray treefrogs select breeding sites in clearcuts more than those in forested habitats. Additionally, females preferred breeding sites close to forest edges over sites farther into clearcuts. To determine the influence of breeding site selection of the offspring, I stocked cattle tanks along a forest-clearcut gradient with gray treefrog tadpoles. Tadpole survival was greatest in the clearcut treatments. However, tadpoles in the clearcuts also had a shorter larval period. Having a shorter larval period can benefit individuals by reducing the time to maturity, thereby potentially increasing lifetime reproduction. Despite the preference for open canopy breeding sites, clearcuts can create resistance for females moving between terrestrial forest habitat and aquatic breeding sites. Although reduced canopy cover over breeding ponds provides some benefits for tadpoles, logging operations should avoid isolating aquatic habitat from forested uplands.eng
dc.identifier.merlinb61086538eng
dc.identifier.oclc177189576eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/5103
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/5103eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.source.originalSubmitted by University of Missouri--Columbia Graduate School.eng
dc.subject.lcshTree frogs -- Breedingeng
dc.subject.lcshForest managementeng
dc.subject.lcshAnimal diversityeng
dc.titleGray treefrog breeding site selection and offspring performance in response to forest managementeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineBiological sciences (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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