Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1990

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Biology

Advisor

Dr. Eugene Flaherty

Abstract

Populations of small mammals from a wheat field were compared with those from an adjoining roadside ditch in Ellis County, Kansas, for a 9-month period in 1988. Indices of diversity, evenness, and richness of small mammals in both habitats were compared. The wheat field had lower diversity, evenness, and richness of small mammals than did the roadside ditch habitat. However, diversity values in the wheat field increased as the wheat matured. Kendall's coefficient of rank correlation indicated that diversity values in the wheat field were correlated significantly with the height of the wheat. Only peromyscus maniculatus was a resident of the wheat field, whereas Peromyscus maniculatus, Sigmodon hispidus, Microtus ochrogaster, Blarina hylophaga, Reithrodontomys megalotis, and Mus musculus were residents in the roadside ditch.

Rights

Copyright 1990 Chang-Man Won

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