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Wildlife response to spatial and temporal changes in forest habitat

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dc.contributor.advisor Millspaugh, Joshua J. en
dc.contributor.advisor Thompson, Frank R. (Frank Richard) en
dc.contributor.author Rittenhouse, Chadwick D. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-23T16:33:24Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-23T16:33:24Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008 Spring en
dc.identifier.other RittenhouseC-033109-D9473 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/5537
dc.description The 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. en_US
dc.description Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on June 15, 2009) en_US
dc.description Vita. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2008. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Fisheries and wildlife. en_US
dc.description.abstract A common goal in land-management planning is to describe the relationship between management actions, vegetation and wildlife habitat conditions for large landscapes. Achieving this goal can be challenging because ecological processes of disturbance (natural and anthropogenic) and succession affect vegetation composition and structure, which subsequently affects current and future habitat conditions for wildlife. Further, habitat suitability is often used as a surrogate for demographic response by wildlife to vegetation change yet this assumed relationship is rarely evaluated. I developed habitat suitability models for 10 wildlife species and validated two of those models as predictors of demographic responses (e.g., territory density and nest success). I then simulated future forest conditions and evaluated habitat suitability 10, 50, and 150 years from present as part of the Hoosier National Forest (HNF) plan revision. No single management alternative was best for all wildlife species. Without harvest or prescribed fire, early successional wildlife species will be extirpated from the HNF within 50 years. Harvest benefited early successional species without greatly affecting habitat suitability for late successional species. By incorporating ecological processes of disturbance and succession while retaining the resolution necessary for evaluating wildlife habitat suitability, this modeling approach contributed knowledge to the planning process and was a valuable tool for communicating differences among alternatives to stakeholders. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Forest management en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Habitat (Ecology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prescribed burning en_US
dc.title Wildlife response to spatial and temporal changes in forest habitat en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Fisheries and wildlife sciences en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name Ph. D. en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b68967640 en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 400004797 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2008 Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofcollection 2008 Freely available dissertations (MU)


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