Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Natural Resources Science


Natural Resources Science

First Advisor

Thomas P. Dustand


Microhabitat choice by white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) and red-backed voles (Clethrionomys gapperi) was studied in three Rhode Island red maple (Acer rubrum) swamps and their contiguous transition and upland zones. Significant differences were found in microhabitat use between the two species in each zone. High woody stem density (stems m-2) and low herbaceous plant species richness were important factors determining white-footed mouse occurrence. Red-backed voles were found in areas of high density of shrub cover, as well as high herbaceous plant density (stems m-2) and richness.



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