Present address: Department of Biology and Environmental Science, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA 24501, U.S.A. perault_ email@example.com
Island biogeography and landscape ecology of mammals inhabiting fragmented, temperate rain forests
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Global Ecology and Biogeography
Volume 10, Issue 2, pages 113–132, March 2001
How to Cite
Lomolino, M. V. and Perault, D. R. (2001), Island biogeography and landscape ecology of mammals inhabiting fragmented, temperate rain forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 10: 113–132. doi: 10.1046/j.1466-822x.2001.00221.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- landscape ecology;
- species–area relationship;
- species–isolation relationship;
- temperate rain forests
- 1We expanded the island biogeography paradigm to test whether mammalian communities of the heavily fragmented temperate rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula were influenced by local environmental conditions, biogeographic factors (fragment area and isolation) and characteristics of the surrounding landscape.
- 2We used live-trapping, sign surveys and infra-red triggered cameras to compare distributions of non-volant mammals among fragments and between fragments and other principal landscape components (continuous old-growth, riparian corridors, second-growth forest and clearcuts).
- 3Of the 24 species of non-volant mammals detected during our studies, 18 occurred in at least one fragment.
- 4Species richness of old-growth mammals was not significantly correlated with fragment area or isolation, per se, but was significantly and positively correlated with the amount of old-growth fragments and old second-growth (41–159 years) in the surrounding landscape (r2 = 0.95, P < 0.005).
- 5Distributions of three old-growth dependent species [shrew-mole (Neurotrichus gibbsii), Douglas squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) and Trowbridge shew (Sorex trowbridgii)] were significantly associated with local environmental conditions within the fragment, with geographical isolation from continuous old-growth and riparian corridors, and with the amount of old-growth and old second growth in the adjacent matrix.