Mammal responses to matrix development intensity

Brady, Megan J., McAlpine, Clive A., Miller, Craig J., Possingham, Hugh and Baxter, Greg S. (2011) Mammal responses to matrix development intensity. Austral Ecology, 36 1: 35-45. doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2010.02110.x

Author Brady, Megan J.
McAlpine, Clive A.
Miller, Craig J.
Possingham, Hugh
Baxter, Greg S.
Title Mammal responses to matrix development intensity
Journal name Austral Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1442-9985
Publication date 2011-02
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2010.02110.x
Open Access Status
Volume 36
Issue 1
Start page 35
End page 45
Total pages 11
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract The landscape matrix is increasingly being recognized as important to biodiversity conservation. The nature of the matrix impacts the persistence of species in human-modified landscapes through its pervasive influence on adjacent habitat and through the habitat value of the matrix itself. However, previous studies have not isolated the effects of the matrix from the effects of other aspects of landscape modification, such as habitat loss and fragmentation, and much remains to be understood about the independent impact of the matrix on wildlife. We investigated the effects of the matrix on mammal abundance and landscape use in south-east Queensland, Australia. Mammals were surveyed in patch 'core', patch 'edge' and 'matrix' landscape elements along a rural-suburban gradient of matrix development intensity quantified by a weighted road-length metric, which was significantly correlated with housing density, while controlling for potentially confounding patch and landscape attributes. Response to increasing matrix development intensity was highly species-specific. Several native species declined in abundance; however, others were more resilient to moderate levels of matrix intensity, one species increased in abundance, and at least one species appeared unaffected by matrix intensity. Native species richness peaked at moderate levels of matrix development intensity. Exotic species richness and feral predators increased with matrix intensity and were negatively correlated with native species. Species response to matrix intensity appeared related to their use of edge or matrix habitat. An ability to use the matrix per se, however, may not translate into an ability to persist in a landscape where development substantially reduces the habitat or movement value of the matrix. © 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 Ecological Society of Australia.
Keyword Edge
Peri-urban landscape
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 1 MAR 2010

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