Adia Sovie

Adia Sovie
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry | SUNY-ESF · Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management

Doctor of Philosophy

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Habitat loss and degradation threaten forest specialist wildlife species, but some generalist mesopredators exploit disturbed areas and human-derived food, which brings them into closer contact with humans. Mesopredator release is also important for human health for known zoonotic disease reservoirs, such as Asian civets (Viverridae family), since...
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Variability in landscapes drives patterns in biological communities and is often used to understand biological systems. Rarely, however, have biological systems been used to understand landscape evolution. Here, we review the geomorphic history of cave development in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains and look at the detail that modern biological...
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1. Habitat loss and degradation can undermine wildlife communities and ecosystem functioning. However, certain generalist wildlife species like mesopredators and omnivores can exploit these disturbed habitats, sometimes leading to population increases (e.g., "mesopredator release" in degraded areas). Although mesopredator release may cause negative...
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Invasive predators have caused catastrophic declines in native wildlife across the globe. Though research has focused on the initial establishment, rapid growth, and spread of invasive predators, our understanding of prey resilience to established invasive predators remains limited. As a direct result of invasive Burmese pythons (Python molurus biv...
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Anthropogenically modified systems tend to have homogenous wildlife communities. While this process is well documented, the mechanisms driving the convergence of species in human-modified systems are unclear. There are at least two compelling ecological explanations for the loss of specialized species in these settings; changes to the distribution...
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Climate change will alter natural areas on a global scale within the next century. In areas vulnerable to climate change, scientists are regularly challenged to justify the resources needed for research and conservation. We face what may seem like a losing battle, especially in low-lying coastal areas where sea-level rise is predicted to severely d...
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The invasive Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) is causing declines in the numbers and diversity of native mammals in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem (GEE). However, limited evidence suggests that some species may be less susceptible to pythons than others. This difference in susceptibility may be a function of different life-history trait...
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Human activities are changing the environments that animal communities utilize, altering competition and co-existence dynamics as well as changing species distributions. A global consequence of human activity is increased woody cover, which changes environmental conditions on landscape, local, and fine spatial scales. These multi-scale processes ar...
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Some of the world’s deadliest diseases and greatest public health challenges are zoonoses from wildlife, such as Ebola (Ebolavirus). Due to the increasing number of cases in recent years, it has been widely hypothesized that increasing human population densities and anthropogenic disturbance largely explain outbreaks of Ebola virus disease in human...
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Animals change their daily activity patterns in response to season, food availability and the presence of competitors. Competition may be an important driver of a species' daily activity pattern, as animals manage conflict by avoiding each other temporally. We evaluated how vegetation structure and the presence of competitors changed the daily acti...
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Understanding the distributions and environmental associations of rare species is a critical 1st step in their conservation and management. Federally endangered Florida bonneted bats (Eumops floridanus) are endemic to southern Florida and are believed to have one of the most limited geographic distributions of any bat in the United States. We condu...
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Our understanding of the effects of invasive species on faunal diversity is limited in part because invasions often occur in modified landscapes where other drivers of community diversity can exacerbate or reduce the net impacts of an invader. Furthermore, rigorous assessments of the effects of invasive species on native communities that account fo...
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Untangling the causes of native species loss in human-modified systems is difficult and often controversial. Evaluating the impact of non-native species in these systems is particularly challenging, as additional human perturbations often precede or accompany introductions. One example is the ongoing debate over whether mammal declines within Everg...
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To address the ongoing debate over the impact of invasive species on native terrestrial wildlife, we conducted a large-scale experiment to test the hypothesis that invasive Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) were a cause of the precipitous decline of mammals in Everglades National Park (ENP). Evidence linking pythons to mammal declines has...

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As humans alter the global environment we shift the distribution of resources, disrupting species relationships and changing the mechanisms that allow species that share the same resources to co-exist. I am interested in discovering if humans redistribute resources predictably (i.e. converting open canopy forests to closed canopy forests, suppressing predatory animals ) and the cascading impacts on functional and biodiversity. Using two species of squirrel as a model system I am testing if human changes to the landscape favor gray squirrels over fox squirrels or if other mechanisms are at play.