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Effects of Urbanization on Bat Habitat Use in the Phoenix Metropolitan Region, Arizona, USA: A Multi-Scale Landscape Analysis

Abstract Context – Urbanization can have negative effects on bat habitat use through the loss and isolation of habitat even for volant bats. Yet, how bats respond to the changing landscape composition and configuration of urban environments remains poorly understood.

Objective – This study examines the relationship between bat habitat use and landscape pattern across multiple scales in the Phoenix metropolitan region. My research explores how landscape composition and configuration affects bat activity, foraging activity, and species richness (response variables), and the distinct habitats that they use.

Methods – I used a multi-scale landscape approach and acoustic monitoring data to create predictive models that identified the key predictor v... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Bazelman, Tracy Carol (Author) / Wu, Jianguo (Advisor) / Chambers, Carol L. (Advisor) / Smith, Andrew T. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Ecology / Conservation biology / Land use planning / Arid climate / Bats / FRAGSTATS / Information-theoretic approach / Multi-scale / Urban landscape
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 117 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Masters Thesis Biology 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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