Landscape ecology, Mice, Solenopsis invicta, population regulation, habitat manipulation
Understanding of mechanisms that limit the abundance and distribution of species is central to ecology. The failure of mechanisms to regulate populations can result in population outbreaks. There have been two outbreaks of house mice in the past decade in central Florida. In my study, I examine the efficacy of landscape management in the form of mowing and plowed soil barriers to limit or prevent outbreaks of house mice in a former agricultural area. House mouse populations were highly variable, but were unaffected by mowing or plowed soil barriers. Red imported fire ants were ubiquitous in the study area regardless of land management treatments. Control of fire ants did not result in more house mice on treated plots.
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Abelson, Jesse R., "Impact of Land Management on House Mice and Red Imported Fire Ants" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 6626.