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dc.contributor.authorMeador, Jason Ray
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T03:21:46Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T03:21:46Z
dc.date.issued2008-05
dc.identifier.othermeador_jason_r_200805_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/meador_jason_r_200805_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/24701
dc.description.abstractFreshwater mussels are among the most imperiled aquatic species within the southeastern United States. Mangers are faced with the task gathering information via monitoring, and making decisions based on available information about local mussel populations. I gathered data on mussel behavior, demography, distribution, and detection to develop a cost-effective protocol for monitoring freshwater mussel populations within the Altamaha River. Surface abundance, survival, occupancy, and detection varied spatially, temporally, and among species. I then developed sampling stratum within mesohabitats based on empirical data and evaluated the efficacy of several sampling protocols via simulation. Spatial and temporal variation among species emphasize the importance for properly estimating and evaluating habitat based on use and detection and suggest refraining from raw count indices.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectAltamaha River
dc.subjectFreshwater Mussels
dc.subjectOccupancy
dc.subjectAbundance
dc.subjectEstimation
dc.subjectRobust Design
dc.subjectMigration Patterns
dc.subjectSample Design
dc.subjectDetection
dc.titleThe development and evaluation of a freshwater mussel sampling protocol for a large lowland river
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentForest Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorJames T. Peterson
dc.description.committeeJames T. Peterson
dc.description.committeeMichael Conroy
dc.description.committeeBrett Albanese


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