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PhD Dissertation Defense - Lucia Corral

Spatial and Temporal Structure of a Canid Community in Nebraska

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hardin Hall Room: Room 901
3310 Holdrege St
Lincoln NE 68583
Additional Info: HARH
TJ Fontaine,
Understanding patterns of space-use by individuals, their distribution, and how they coexist with ecologically similar species is crucial in ecology, wildlife management and conservation. However, the study of such patterns is challenging because the relationship among species and their environment is shaped by multiple ecological processes, acting at different scales and in a hierarchical manner. In canid systems, for example, there is evidence that intraguild interactions affect species distribution and habitat use, particularly for smaller canid species. We aimed to understand the ecological mechanisms shaping the distribution of a canid community; to investigate if temporal segregation among species may be the mechanism allowing their coexistence; and to assess the genetic structure and diversity of swift fox population in Nebraska and explored whether or not genetic structure could be influenced by landscape feature and habitat constraints.

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