Theses and Dissertations

Author

Ryo Ogawa

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Wang, Guiming

Committee Member

Butler, Adam B.

Committee Member

Rush, Scott A.

Date of Degree

1-1-2017

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Forest Resources

Department

Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture

Abstract

Spatiotemporal variation in animal space use is critical for understanding how individual animals respond to changes in resource availability across space and time. My study was aimed to: 1) determine functional responses of habitat selection by eastern wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) across 7 study sites in Mississippi; and 2) determine the effect of temporal vegetation variation on order-II habitat selection by wild turkeys over 12 years. I developed resource selection functions using radio telemetry location data. Individual-specific coefficients of order-III habitat selection for forest were related inversely to forest availability in meta-regressions. Yearly coefficients of order-II habitat selection for forest were related inversely to the mean normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) in April, but the coefficients for open fields were related positively to coefficient of variation in the NDVI from March to May. Wild turkeys exhibited functional responses of habitat selection to spatiotemporal forest availability across Mississippi.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/19468

Comments

meta-analysis||functional responses||eastern wild turkey||habitat selection||Mississippi

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