We’ve had a new paper, lead by Luke Kelly, published in Austral Ecology. The focus of the paper is the drivers of small mammal distributions in semi-arid Australia. What’s particularly neat about the paper is that it combines a couple of fairly large datasets to allow us to look at drivers across both space and time, by analysing both a cross-sectional dataset (i.e. a ‘snapshot’ of species occurrence in 280 sites) and a longitudinal dataset spanning 15 years (1997 to 2012). The upshot is that, for small mammals, semi-arid mallee ecosystems work a little differently to the arid ecosystems that Mike Letnic and Chris Dickman have studied, and the more temperate systems that Barry Fox made famous (i.e. where he developed the habitat accommodation model), with species’ life histories being the key to such differences.
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