The impact of storm surge from successive hurricanes on the Alabama beach mouse population

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dc.contributor Senkbeil, Jason
dc.contributor Cherry, Julia
dc.contributor.advisor Steinberg, Michael Yuro, Alexandra Marie 2017-03-01T14:45:28Z 2017-03-01T14:45:28Z 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000681
dc.identifier.other Yuro_alatus_0004M_10873
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Global environmental change affects plants and animals by changing their distributions and phenology, and altering ecosystem functions. Already endangered plants and animals subject to these changes may be more vulnerable to extinction. It is important to understand how species are likely to respond to environment change so that proper steps can be taken to protect them in the future. This thesis observes the case of the Alabama beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus ammobates), a population endangered initially because of habitat loss and fragmentation. The Alabama beach mouse population likely will be negatively affected by environmental change through increased hurricane frequency and intensity. Using Alabama beach mouse trapping data provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I examined the storm surge effects of Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina on mouse populations before, during, and after these hurricanes. Analysis of the data was performed through contingency tables and Wilcoxon signed-rank tests. The results of the analysis show that the Alabama beach mouse has the ability to survive hurricanes in the future, if they are not successive. The Alabama beach mouse possesses certain traits that make it more vulnerable to extinction in the near future by environmental change, such as greater than normal disturbances both from humans (i.e. habitat loss and fragmentation) and the natural environment (i.e. hurricanes and climate change.) I postulate that the Alabama beach mouse population will be completely extirpated from Gulf Shores in the event of successive major hurricanes in the future. The intended result of this study is not only to find out how the Alabama beach mouse may be affected by global environmental change, but to contribute to the literature concerning the species to be used in effective management strategies.
dc.format.extent 75 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Geography
dc.subject.other Biology
dc.subject.other Ecology
dc.title The impact of storm surge from successive hurricanes on the Alabama beach mouse population
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Geography Geography The University of Alabama master's M.S.

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