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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

Winter Ecology of Small Mammals

This study involved determining whether subnivean space (a layer of snow-free space under the snow cover) exists in this area, and identifying any small mammals that are active in it over the course of the winter. We set baited hair tubes, designed to collect a small sample of hair on a piece of tape, in the SUNY Brockport woodlot. After collecting the tapes, we identified which species of small mammals entered the tubes. The tubes were set out in 20 groups of two: one in the open, and one near the cover of fallen logs or other objects which could create a larger subnivean space. They were set out in mid-December and remained out until March, with the hair samples being collected every week or so. At the end of the study, we will compare our results to those of similar studies, particularly one done in Australia, after which our study was modeled. We also will discuss the realities and potential problems of performing field work in an unpredictable environment.

Presenters: Casey Pealo (Undergraduate Student)
Hollee Schwingel (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 104 Edwards
Time: 1:45 pm (Session III)