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Forecasting the Winners and Losers of a Riparian Herpetofauna in Response to Habitat Invasion and Xerification


Abstract Riparian systems in the arid southwest are heavily altered and, based on relative land-area, provision a disproportionately high number of native wildlife. Amphibians and reptiles are collectively the most threatened vertebrate taxa and, in the Sonoran Desert, are often reliant on riparian habitat. The link between amphibians and environmental water characteristics, as well as the association between lizards and habitat structure, make herpetofauna good organisms for which to examine the effects of environmental change.

My objective was to relate capture rates of a fossorial anuran and lizard abundance to aspects of native, invaded, and shrub-encroached riparian habitats in order to forecast the potential winners and losers of riparian hab... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Riddle, Sidney Bishop (Author) / Bateman, Heather L. (Advisor) / Albuquerque, Fabio (Committee member) / Saul, Steven E (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Ecology / Biology / Conservation biology / Amphibian / Gila River / Habitat / Mesquite / Saltcedar / San Pedro River
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 80 pages
Language English
Copyright
Note Masters Thesis Applied Biological Sciences 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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