Burrowing rodents increase landscape heterogeneity in a desert grassland

@inproceedings{Davidson2008BurrowingRI,
  title={Burrowing rodents increase landscape heterogeneity in a desert grassland},
  author={Ana D Davidson and David C. Lightfoot},
  year={2008}
}
Animals that modify their environment through engineering and herbivory have important impacts on ecosystems, yet the interactive roles of such species have rarely been studied. We studied the comparative and interactive effects of two burrowing herbivorous rodents, Gunnison’s prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni) and banner-tailed kangaroo rats (Dipodomys spectabilis), on vegetation where they co-occurred in a Chihuahuan Desert grassland. We found that their effects remained distinct and, thus, non… CONTINUE READING
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