Date of Graduation

Fall 2020

Degree

Master of Science in Biology

Department

Biology

Committee Chair

Lynn Robbins

Keywords

species richness, accumulation curves, passive sampling, camera traps, live traps, bat acoustics

Subject Categories

Biodiversity | Biology | Population Biology

Abstract

A mammalian species inventory with comparisons between sampled sites was conducted via multiple methodologies to document presence of mammals at two Missouri state parks within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Camera traps, small mammal traps, acoustic detectors, and mist nets were used to detect species at the parks, and species similarity indices and occupancy analyses were used to discern use of space. A mammalian inventory was compiled for each area of inquiry. Greater diversity was found at the park with more variable habitat types. Bat activity was more in the park with a known hibernaculum, though species specific activity differed between sites. Small mammal captures and diversity were skewed toward the park with more overall ecological diversity, with more captures of generalists at the other park.

Copyright

© Benjamin Aaron Smith

Open Access

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