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Forest management affects individual and population parameters of the hazel dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius

Sozio, Giulia; Iannarilli, Fabiola; Melcore, Ilaria; Boschetti, Matilde; Fipaldini, Daniele; Luciani, Matteo; Roviani, Davide; Schiavano, Andrea; Mortelliti, Alessio

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Several studies have shown that forest management (e.g. for timber production) affects mammal com-munities. Nevertheless, we still lack a detailed understanding on how different management practicesinfluence individuals and populations. The overarching goal of our work was to investigate the demo-graphic response of the hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) to forest management. We focusedon a set of key individual (survival and litter size) and population (abundance of individuals)...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSozio, Giulia
dc.contributor.authorIannarilli, Fabiola
dc.contributor.authorMelcore, Ilaria
dc.contributor.authorBoschetti, Matilde
dc.contributor.authorFipaldini, Daniele
dc.contributor.authorLuciani, Matteo
dc.contributor.authorRoviani, Davide
dc.contributor.authorSchiavano, Andrea
dc.contributor.authorMortelliti, Alessio
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-14T23:21:08Z
dc.identifier.issn1616-5047
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/103740
dc.description.abstractSeveral studies have shown that forest management (e.g. for timber production) affects mammal com-munities. Nevertheless, we still lack a detailed understanding on how different management practicesinfluence individuals and populations. The overarching goal of our work was to investigate the demo-graphic response of the hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) to forest management. We focusedon a set of key individual (survival and litter size) and population (abundance of individuals) parame-ters to test whether forest management affects dormice and which habitat variables are responsible forsuch effects. We surveyed a dormice population for 3 years in a continuous forest in central Italy includ-ing sites subjected to different management regimes: 5 coppiced stands (2 recently coppiced and 3 oldcoppice stands), 2 abandoned stands with regrowing forest and 3 high forest stands. We found a strongeffect of forest management on hazel dormice, acting mainly through the variation in food resources.Regrowing forests were the most suitable stands for dormice, whereas recent coppices were the mostunsuitable, with an ephemeral presence of a few individuals. Old coppices and high forest stands wereboth able to sustain local populations but at lower densities and with a higher mortality and/or emi-gration of younger and/or weaker individuals than the regrowing forest. Through our detailed analyseswe were able to uncover the demographic mechanism underlying the effects of forest management onhazel dormice populations; our findings strongly suggest that maintaining an heterogeneous successionalcomposition may be the most effective strategy for the conservation of this species.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis study was funded by WWF “Biodiversamente” and “Brusarosco” grants to A.M. Further funding was provided by: Riserva Naturale Selva del Lamone, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, private funds
dc.publisherUrban & Fischer Verlag
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.sourceMammalian Biology
dc.titleForest management affects individual and population parameters of the hazel dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume81
dc.date.issued2016
local.identifier.absfor060207 - Population Ecology
local.identifier.absfor060809 - Vertebrate Biology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4279067xPUB1536
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationSozio, Giulia, Sapienza University of Rome
local.contributor.affiliationIannarilli, Fabiola, University of Rome
local.contributor.affiliationMelcore, Ilaria, University of Rome
local.contributor.affiliationBoschetti, Matilde, University of Pisa
local.contributor.affiliationFipaldini, Daniele, Sapienza University of Rome
local.contributor.affiliationLuciani, Matteo, University of Rome
local.contributor.affiliationRoviani, Davide, University of Siena
local.contributor.affiliationSchiavano, Andrea, University La Tuscia
local.contributor.affiliationMortelliti, Alessio, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage96
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage103
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.mambio.2014.12.006
local.identifier.absseo960806 - Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
dc.date.updated2016-06-14T09:01:00Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84954397523
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancehttp://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1616-5047/..."Author's post-print on open access repository after an embargo period of 12 months" from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 26/10/18). This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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