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dc.contributor.authorWatkins, Alison Fernen_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2007-02-22T15:16:13Z
dc.date.available2007-08-21T16:42:57Z
dc.date.issued2007en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationWatkins, A. F. (2007). Distribution of small mammals in five New Zealand forest habitats (Thesis, Master of Science (MSc)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/2319en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/2319
dc.description.abstractThis project aimed to reanalyse two large historical data sets from two different locations in New Zealand (Fiordland in the South Island and Pureora Forest Park in the North Island). The data describe populations of mice (Mus musculus), rats (Rattus rattus and R. norvegicus), and stoats (Mustela erminea) collected using standard monitoring techniques from five distinct types of forest habitat. The new analysis methods selected were an index of patchiness and Site Occupancy analysis. The objectives of the analysis were (1) to evaluate whether the patchiness index and Site Occupancy analysis methods might contribute to improved protocols for monitoring small mammal populations in the future, and (2) to use formal tests of five hypotheses to evaluate two of the assumptions made by the conventional density index often used in small mammal studies. I describe the results of the analyses for each species, including any problems encountered (such as the inability of the Site Occupancy method to analyse very sparse data sets). I also describe the results pooled from each of the two study locations and potential consequences for small mammal monitoring and control. This analysis has suggested that in most cases the density index is not a rigorous measure of small mammal populations. However, both the index of patchiness and Site Occupancy analysis provided useful, new information about these populations of rodents and stoats, despite the fact that these historical data sets were not designed for use with modern methods of analysis. Please note: some figures and tables were printed separately and added to the thesis as unnumbered pages. These can be found in the file 03Plates_and_Tables.pdf.en_NZ
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherThe University of Waikatoen_NZ
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dc.subjectsmall mammalsen_NZ
dc.subjectstoaten_NZ
dc.subjecthouse mouseen_NZ
dc.subjectraten_NZ
dc.subjectSite Occupancyen_NZ
dc.subjectpatchinessen_NZ
dc.titleDistribution of small mammals in five New Zealand forest habitatsen_NZ
dc.typeThesisen_NZ
thesis.degree.disciplineScience and Engineeringen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Waikatoen_NZ
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (MSc)en_NZ
uow.date.accession2007-02-22T15:16:13Zen_NZ
uow.date.available2007-08-21T16:42:57Zen_NZ
uow.identifier.adthttp://adt.waikato.ac.nz/public/adt-uow20070222.151613en_NZ
uow.date.migrated2009-06-09T23:31:59Zen_NZ
pubs.place-of-publicationHamilton, New Zealanden_NZ


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