Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1994

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Biology

Advisor

Jerry R. Choate

Abstract

Ecologic and biogeographic techniques were used to evaluate biogeographic patterns of mammals in Kansas. Environmental variables, natural vegetation types, and mammalian distributions were subjected to a detrended reciprocal analysis (DRA) and a cluster analysis (CLUST) to assess distributional trends within the state. Objectives of this study were: 1) to investigate the relationships between distribution patterns of mammals and environmental patterns; 2) to investigate the relationships between distribution patterns of mammals and distribution patterns of natural vegetation; 3) to investigate the relationships between natural vegetation and environmental patterns; 4) to assess the degree to which distribution patterns of mammals and natural vegetation correspond with the faunal regions of Brumwell (1941) and Cockrum (1952); and 5) to assess the degree to which changes in distribution patterns of mammals and vegetation occur along the 100th meridian. Results suggest that Kansas has three distinct distributional regions: eastern Kansas to the western edge of the Flint Hills, western Kansas to approximately the 100th meridian, and central Kansas.

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Copyright 1994 Julie M. McCullough

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