Small reptile community responses to rotational logging

Hu, Yang, Magaton, Sarra, Gillespie, Graeme and Jessop, Tim S. 2013, Small reptile community responses to rotational logging, Biological conservation, vol. 166, pp. 76-83, doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2013.05.019.

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Title Small reptile community responses to rotational logging
Author(s) Hu, Yang
Magaton, Sarra
Gillespie, Graeme
Jessop, Tim S.ORCID iD for Jessop, Tim S.
Journal name Biological conservation
Volume number 166
Start page 76
End page 83
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-10
ISSN 0006-3207
Summary Timber harvesting is a common global disturbance that has important effects on the ability of forests to provide ecosystems services and retain biodiversity. Using predictive frameworks to examine biodiversity responses to logging could assist in retaining natural forest values. The intermediate disturbance hypothesis (IDH) and the habitat accommodation model (HAM) potentially offer frameworks for explaining different coarse scale community responses to logging. We used a 60. year post-logging chronosequence to investigate small reptile community responses to age post-logging in temperate forests using three metrics (species richness, evenness and relative abundance). First, we evaluated if variation in these metrics adhered to prior predictions, including the IDH. Second, we evaluated how age post-logging influence community responses through fine scale vegetation elements. Third, we evaluated support for the HAM by measuring compositional change (species turnover) of small reptile community to age post-logging. Reptile relative abundance exhibited a curvilinear relationship to age since logging, contradicting our prior prediction of sustained increase. Species richness and evenness were unrelated to age since logging thus providing no support to IDH and other prior predictions. Relative abundance and richness did not relate to any vegetation characteristic tested. These metrics were also unrelated to logging method. Community composition was marginally significantly influenced by age since logging, thus supporting the HAM. Our results suggest that forest reptiles exposed to logging exhibit variable changes depending on the community metric in question, and that different approaches, including those based on species traits, are needed to improve evaluating disturbance related biodiversity responses.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.biocon.2013.05.019
Field of Research 060801 Animal Behaviour
060207 Population Ecology
050205 Environmental Management
05 Environmental Sciences
06 Biological Sciences
07 Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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