Year of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Fish and Wildlife Biology
Department or School/College
College of Forestry and Conservation
Joel Berger, L. Scott Mills, Atle Mysterud
behavioral plasticity, forage, partial migration, plant phenology, seasonal movement, ungulates
The University of Montana
Partially migratory populations in which some individuals move to allopatric ranges during one season while others remain on their shared range, offer a unique opportunity to understand which factors shape the realized niche of individuals with plastic movement behaviors. For ungulates, forage and its spatiotemporal variability, risk (predation, humans) and density have been suggested to be the main determinants for the probability, distance and timing of migration. Roe deer (Capreolus caproelus), a small browsing ungulate with a high ecological plasticity and a wide distribution, present an ideal model species to test hypotheses on migration plasticity.
Peters, Wibke, "Run to the Hills - Partial Migration in Large Herbivores" (2015). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4623.
Available for download on Thursday, January 11, 2018
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