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dc.contributor.authorTrice, Amy Elaine
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T20:22:58Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T20:22:58Z
dc.date.issued2011-08
dc.identifier.othertrice_amy_e_201108_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/trice_amy_e_201108_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/27622
dc.description.abstractLittle is known about the trophic ecology of headwater stream salamanders beyond basic diet snapshots. These important predators likely drive numerous ecosystem functions. During a two-year study period, I investigated the seasonal changes and species-specific differences in three distinct headwater stream salamander species (Desmognathus quadramaculatus, Desmognathus ocoee and Eurycea cirrigera). Through the application of stable isotopes, mixing models, gut content analysis, and biomass estimates of both salamanders and their prey, I provided an evaluation of headwater stream spatial and temporal variation, as well as the trophic ecology of salamanders, within the headwaters of the Etowah River watershed.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectBiomass, Carbon isotope, δ13C, δ15N, Desmognathus ocoee, Desmognathus quadramaculatus, Etowah River, Eurycea cirrigera, Headwater stream, Nitrogen isotope, Macroinvertebrate, Mixing model, Salamander, Seasonal, Trophic
dc.titleInvestigating energy flow pathways through a headwater top predator
dc.title.alternativefood webs, prey availability and individual variation
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentInstitute of Ecology
dc.description.majorEcology
dc.description.advisorAmy Rosemond
dc.description.committeeAmy Rosemond
dc.description.committeeJohn Maerz
dc.description.committeeMary Freeman


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