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Density and Dispersal

Linking Density and Dispersal Cluster
Summer 2005

Dispersal, movement away from the nest or territory, is one of the major factors that affects populations as well as the behavior of individuals. There are a number of factors that have been proposed to result in dispersal. There has been controversy over the relative importance of these influences. Some of the variables that have been discussed include habitat quality, habitat structure and animal density. The members of this cluster designed experimental approaches to examine the effect of various factors (e.g., quality, structure, or density) on animals’ movements and their interactions.
  • Laurie Bryant (Southwest Baptist University) and Dr. Brian Keane, The effect of body size on survival and reproduction on female prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster).
  • Uma Goyal (University of Arizona) and Dr. Nancy Solomon, Effects of body size on reproduction and survival in the male prairie vole: is bigger better? 
  • Marnin Wolfe (Eckerd College) and Dr. David J. Berg, Genetic variation of the freshwater mussel Lampsilis siliquoidea (Bivalvia: Unionidae) in the Darby Creek watershed, central Ohio.