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dc.contributor.authorWebster, Sarah Catherine
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-25T04:30:17Z
dc.date.available2017-03-25T04:30:17Z
dc.date.issued2016-05
dc.identifier.otherwebster_sarah_c_201605_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/webster_sarah_c_201605_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/36643
dc.description.abstractAll species are exposed to ionizing radiation from both natural and anthropogenic sources. Although it is widely recognized that acute radiation exposure can have negative effects on wildlife, there are significant data gaps regarding the effects of chronic low-dose exposure and no consensus on the potential environmental impacts of nuclear energy or accidents. To elucidate effects of chronic radiation exposure on wildlife, I used multiple non-invasive survey techniques to estimate occupancy, distribution, and density of several species within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. I found that radiation density did not significantly influence the aforementioned population characteristics but rather habitat characteristics influenced trends in occupancy and distribution. Furthermore, I found that several mammalian species, including predators such as gray wolves, were abundant throughout the exclusion zone, including areas highly contaminated with radiation. Overall, my results demonstrate that chronic radiation exposure is not limiting the persistence of wildlife species within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightsOn Campus Only Until 2018-05-01
dc.subjectDensity
dc.subjectoccupancy
dc.subjectradiation
dc.subjectChernobyl
dc.subjectcarnivores
dc.subjectgray wolf
dc.titleOccupancy, distribution, and density of carnivores within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentDaniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorRobert Warren
dc.description.advisorJames Beasley
dc.description.committeeRobert Warren
dc.description.committeeJames Beasley
dc.description.committeeStacey Lance
dc.description.committeeRichard Chandler
dc.description.committeeMichael Chamberlain


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