Indirect effects of fire on the small mammal community of a tallgrass blackland prairie remnant in Texas.

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dc.contributor.advisor Wilkins, Kenneth T., 1953- Kirchner, Brianna N.
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. Dept. of Biology. en 2009-05
dc.description.abstract This study investigated effects of fire on vegetation and small mammals in a tallgrass blackland prairie remnant. At Leonhardt Prairie, vegetation and small mammals were monitored from February 2007 through May 2008 with a burn occurring Fall 2007. Pre-burn, dense litter and vegetative cover accommodated two dominant species, Baiomys taylori and Sigmodon hispidus, with a relative abundance (captures/100 trapnights) of 5.85 and 4.99, respectively. Post-burn, removal of vegetation led to an increase of Peromyscus maniculatus from a relative abundance of 0.12 pre-burn to 5.23 post-burn. Baiomys taylori and Sigmodon hispidus were not captured on burned sections for 7 months, though the unburned section maintained capture rates similar to pre-burn data. Shift in species composition has occurred from Baiomys taylori and Sigmodon hispidus to Peromyscus maniculatus, suggesting short-term fire response of small mammals in tallgrass prairies. This secondary successional cycle of 7 months suggests the prairie’s natural fire frequency was high. en
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dc.subject Fire ecology --- Blacklands (Tex.) en
dc.subject Prescribed burning --- Blackland (Tex.) en
dc.subject Grassland fires --- Blackland (Tex.) en
dc.subject Prairie animals -- Effect of fires on --- Blackland (Tex.) en
dc.subject Prairie plants -- Effect of fires on --- Blackland (Tex.) en
dc.subject Prairie conservation --- Blackland (Tex.) en
dc.subject Blackland (Tex.) -- Management. en
dc.title Indirect effects of fire on the small mammal community of a tallgrass blackland prairie remnant in Texas. en
dc.type Thesis en M.S. en
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dc.contributor.department Biology. en

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