Disturbance and fragmentation impacts movement ecology of a habitat specialist: conservation implications for red pandas

PhD Thesis


Bista, Damber. 2022. Disturbance and fragmentation impacts movement ecology of a habitat specialist: conservation implications for red pandas. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Queensland. https://doi.org/10.14264/de41d40
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Disturbance and fragmentation impacts movement ecology of a habitat specialist: conservation implications for red pandas

TypePhD Thesis
AuthorsBista, Damber
Supervisor
1. FirstNick Hudson
2. SecondA/Pr Peter Murray
Institution of OriginUniversity of Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages225
Year2022
PublisherUniversity of Queensland
Place of PublicationAustralia
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.14264/de41d40
Web Address (URL)http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:de41d40
AbstractIncreasing anthropogenic activities are transforming landscapes and wildlife living in affected areas have to cope with several challenges. Failure to adapt to those challenges may lead to local population extirpation or even extinction of the species. Nevertheless, some species that have high ecological plasticity have adapted to survive in modified habitats, while the very particular requirements of habitat specialists is thought to leave them vulnerable to change. The red panda Ailurus fulgens is one such specialist. Habitat of this endangered species is highly fragmented with nearly two-thirds of the total potential habitat having non-protected status. Better understanding of their ecology and conservation threats are fundamental to ensure the conservation of such sensitive species. This study aimed to improve understanding of red panda ecology in human-dominated areas. To achieve this aim, I set three objectives: 1) examine the effects of life history traits on home range and core area, analyse conspecific interactions, and investigate recursion in red pandas; 2) evaluate the effects of disturbances and habitat fragmentation on space use, recursion, interaction, dispersal, and movement patterns of red pandas; and 3) evaluate the roles of geo-physical, vegetation and disturbance covariates on seasonal resource selection patterns by red pandas.
KeywordsArboreal mammal; GPS telemetry; habitat fragmentation; habitat management; habitat specialist; human-dominated landscape; human disturbances; landscape ecology; movement ecology; red panda
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020310301. Behavioural ecology
310308. Terrestrial ecology
410206. Landscape ecology
410401. Conservation and biodiversity
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