The objective of this research is to assess the effects of various quantities of supplemental food (seed) on population estimates and mortality rates of desert rodents . The supplemental food is meant to stimulate natural vegetational productivity. If food availability significantly affects the population parameters methods of population estimators previously used may be in error. Hopefully this study will aid small mannnal research by designating whether, in part, population estimates and mortality rates are in error because of high vegetational productivity. The hypothesis of this study is that supplemental food in the natural environment decreases population estimates and mortality rates of desert rodents.
College and Department
Plant and Wildlife Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Thiriot, J. Steven, "Effect of supplemental food on population estimates and mortality rates of desert rodents in Utah" (1976). Theses and Dissertations. 7901.
Rodents; Nutrition; Zoology, Utah