Fire affects microhabitat selection, movement patterns, and body condition of an Australian rodent (Rattus fuscipes)
Amber Fordyce, Bronwyn A Hradsky, Euan G Ritchie, Julian Di Stefano
JOURNAL OF MAMMALOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2016
Resource selection by animals influences individual fitness, the abundance of local populations, and the distribution of species. Further, the degree to which individuals select particular resources can be altered by numerous factors including competition, predation, and both natural- and human-induced environmental change. Understanding the influence of such factors on the way animals use resources can guide species conservation and management in changing environments. In this study, we investigated the effects of a prescribed fire on small-scale (microhabitat) resource selection, abundance, body condition, and movement pathways of a native Australian rodent, the bush rat (Rattus fuscipes)...View full abstract
Thanks to D. and D. Fordyce, M. Swan, M. Wilson, R. Bartlett, I. Veltheim, and S. Hale for help with field work. Funding was provided by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria. Bronwyn Hradsky was the recipient of a Holsworth Research Endowment.