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Biology Thesis Presentation

PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:06 am
by cdouglas

M.S. Thesis Exit Colloquium
Jordan Jill Anderson
The Distribution and Foraging Behavior of Ground and Tree Squirrels in an Urban Environment
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Science I Room 242 3:00 p.m.

Animals are constrained by the urban landscape as human population density and building density impinge on the distribution and abundance of various species. This study used transects and citizen science observations to determine the distribution patterns of the local squirrel species Sciurus niger and Otospermophilus beecheyi.
This study also examined the habitat use of S. niger by collecting data in situ as well as remotely. Housing data and socioeconomic data were also examined. Finally, this study examined the foraging behavior of S. niger using multiple Giving-Up Density experiments at artificial food patches.
As metropolitan areas grow, the sustainability of the urban landscape of local flora and fauna becomes an increasing concern. Even though squirrels are considered pest species, increased understanding of their ecology should govern appropriate management decisions.

For further information, contact the Department of Biology 559-278-2001