Animal Abundance in Disturbed Environments in Southwest Ohio Using Camera Traps

Jennifer Davis Miami University of Ohio, Wyatt Bischoff Miami University of Ohio, Arcadia Davies Miami University of Ohio, Megan Brown Miami University of Ohio, Kevin Little Miami University of Ohio, Taylor Pittard Miami University of Ohio, Jocelynne Samu Miami University of Ohio
Faculty Sponsor(s): Hays Cummins Miami University of Ohio, Donna McCollum
To understand the variability and patterns of animal abundance in SW Ohio, field cameras were placed in a temperate forest complex and adjoining habitats near Oxford, Ohio. These habitat islands are under threat from neighboring agriculture use, encroaching housing developments, and invasive species such as bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii). Thirteen cameras recorded photos and videos of any and all animal activity since May 2018. Analyses of the data captured from the field cameras were used to determine the correlations between abundance of certain species and factors such as time of day, season, and habitat type. Due to differences in resources available in the various habitats in each season and diel differences in activity of organisms, we predicted that the animal abundances will be independent from habitat to habitat, from season to season and from day to night. These analyses were done using the Spearman Rank correlation test. The rank order of abundance of a variety of species including deer, squirrels, coyotes, turkeys, etc. was correlated between old growth forest/young-forest and young-forest/transition zone areas (P≤0.05). In the the old growth forest/transition zone comparison, the rank order comparison was not correlated (P>0.05). We will share the results of the rank order of abundance comparisons between time of day and seasons and also discuss how habitat disturbance influences the distribution of animals in landscapes threatened by human activity.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:15 AM
Gallahue Hall 102