High-resolution spatiotemporal behaviour and ecology of brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), characterised using global positioning devices

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dc.contributor.author Blackie, Helen M. en
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-12T00:48:21Z en
dc.date.available 2008-09-12T00:48:21Z en
dc.date.issued 2004 en
dc.identifier.issn THESIS 07-396 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/2897 en
dc.description Restricted Item. Print thesis available in the University of Auckland Library or may be available through Interlibrary Loan. en
dc.description.abstract The introduced common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula Kerr) is a major threat to New Zealand's flora and fauna, inflicting damage by browsing on native plants and predation upon animals. Additionally, possums pose a significant threat to the beef and dairy industries, both as a result of their role in the spread of bovine tuberculosis (Tb),and by competing for pasture as a food resource. Knowledge of the movement and activity patterns of possums is essential for the implementation of effective control programs. This study focuses upon the spatial and temporal components of brushtail possum behaviour and ecology. The locations of eighteen brushtail possums were determined using global positioning devices (GPDs) configured to record a position fix at I5-minute intervals. The GPDs were deployed on two groups of possums inhabiting two distinct forest types, a mixed beech (Nothofagus) forest and a mixed broad-leaf podocarp forest. Both study sites were located adjacent to areas of improved pasture. The spatiotemporal data acquired through the use of the GPDs provided a means of enumerating several fundamental life-history characteristics,including daily movement and horne range size, activity patterns, habitat preferences, and intersexual variations. This research represents the first use of GPDs for conservation and ecological purposes in New Zealand, and the first known deployment of GPDs on small mammals in the world. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA1756125 en
dc.rights Restricted Item. Print thesis available in the University of Auckland Library or may be available through Interlibrary Loan. en
dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title High-resolution spatiotemporal behaviour and ecology of brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), characterised using global positioning devices en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/ClosedAccess en


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