Thesis / Dissertation

Contrasting the effects of vegetation clearance on two insectivore communities and their prey at perennial streams in temperate Australia

Bradley Kendall Clarke-Wood, Barbara Downes (ed.)

Published : 2019

Abstract

The movement of organisms and material between adjacent ecosystems is a ubiquitous process. Over the last three decades, many works have uncovered factors that influence the flux of spatial subsidies. The emergence of new ecosystems via riparian vegetation clearance, for instance, can impact the quantity and quality of the spatial subsidies that move between perennial streams and riparian zones, and this likely incurs complex responses from riparian consumers. This thesis asks two main questions: 1) how does environmental variables in both the donor (streams) and recipient (riparian zones) systems as a result of riparian vegetation clearance impact the relative quantity of active subsidies?..

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