Discriminating the Drivers of Edge Effects on Nest Predation: Forest Edges Reduce Capture Rates of Ship Rats (Rattus rattus), a Globally Invasive Nest Predator, by Altering Vegetation Structure

@inproceedings{Ruffell2014DiscriminatingTD,
  title={Discriminating the Drivers of Edge Effects on Nest Predation: Forest Edges Reduce Capture Rates of Ship Rats (Rattus rattus), a Globally Invasive Nest Predator, by Altering Vegetation Structure},
  author={Jay Ruffell and Raphael K. Didham and Paul Barrett and Nic Gorman and Rhonda Pike and Andr{\'e}e Hickey-Elliott and Karin Sievwright and Doug P Armstrong},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2014}
}
Forest edges can strongly affect avian nest success by altering nest predation rates, but this relationship is inconsistent and context dependent. There is a need for researchers to improve the predictability of edge effects on nest predation rates by examining the mechanisms driving their occurrence and variability. In this study, we examined how the capture rates of ship rats, an invasive nest predator responsible for avian declines globally, varied with distance from the forest edge within… CONTINUE READING
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