The effects of behavioural and physiological traits on re-location success

Luke Kealley

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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    My thesis quantified laboratory measures of behaviour and physiology for four critical weight range Western Australian mammals and relate these to movement and survival for individuals released into the wild. Ash-grey mice (Pseudomys albocinereus) that moved more in the open field moved greater distances when translocated. Calmer dibblers (Parantechinus apicalis) on the elevated beam moved greater distances in the field. There were no relationships between laboratory variables and field mortality for numbats (Myrmecobius fasciatus). Bandicoots (lsoodon auratus) in better condition had a higher mortality rate. Overall, the relationships between laboratory-measured variables and field movements/survival is sometimes contradictory and highly complex.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    • Withers, Philip, Supervisor
    • Cooper, Christine, Supervisor
    • Mills, Harriet, Supervisor
    • Blache, Dominique, Supervisor
    Award date23 Mar 2017
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2016


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