Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Wang, Guiming

Committee Member

Strickland, Bronson K.

Committee Member

Martin, James A.

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only


Forest Resources

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture


Pine savannas of the Southeastern United States are generally managed using prescribed fire, which creates the vegetation structure required by their associated fauna. However, little is known about the effects that size and spatial pattern of prescribed fire have on wildlife. During a 3 year radio-telemetry study, I monitored movement and hazard of adult bobwhites in a landscape managed with prescribed fires of varying size. I also monitored growth and survival of bobwhite chicks in response to fire size and spatial pattern. Adult movement was negatively related to percentage of home range burned. Hazard rates were negatively related to movement and percentage of home range burned. Chick growth was negatively related to movement and home range size. Chick survival was positively related to percentage of home range burned, and likelihood of brood success was negatively related to hatch date and positively related to number of eggs hatched.