The plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius), has been associated with higher levels of plant diversity in grassland areas. In order to test this prediction we conducted vegetative surveys on and off mound areas. We also counted and measured mounds along randomly chosen transects in order to get an idea of the amount of impacted area. Our results further supported this association by demonstrating the effects pocket gophers have on plant diversity. Higher plant diversity was found on or near mound areas versus off.
Hughes, Curtis; Sharrow, Matthew; Etheridge, Robert.
Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Study the Effects of Plains Pocket Gopher (Geomys bursarius) Mound building on Vegetation.
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