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dc.contributor.authorBlackmon, James Hines
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T16:23:11Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T16:23:11Z
dc.date.issued2009-05
dc.identifier.otherblackmon_james_h_200905_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/blackmon_james_h_200905_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/25391
dc.description.abstractInvasive species have become one of the largest problems in the field of ecology in the past few decades. Invasive earthworms have recently gained attention in North America where they have become a growing problem. Invasive earthworm species have been shown to have severe impacts on many ecosystem level properties such as community structure and nutrient cycling. In order to fully understand the invasive success of the exotic, invasive species Amynthas agrestis we tested temperatures as an environmental clue for cocoon hatching and determined 10ºC was the optimal temperature for emergence. We then tested whether or not fire, either directly or indirectly, impacts invasive earthworm survival and demonstrated that survival is diminished indirectly post-fire. These results will help in future control of the spread of invasive earthworm species in the southeastern United States.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectInvasive species
dc.subjectEarthworm
dc.subjectAmynthas
dc.subjectLumbricus terrestris
dc.subjectWildfire
dc.subjectPrescribed fire
dc.subjectCocoon
dc.subjectTemperature
dc.subjectEastern deciduous
dc.subjectForest
dc.titleThe use of fire in the control of invasive, epigeic earthworm species in the southeastern United States
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentInstitute of Ecology
dc.description.majorEcology
dc.description.advisorPaul Hendrix
dc.description.committeePaul Hendrix
dc.description.committeeBecky Nichols
dc.description.committeeRonald Carroll


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