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dc.contributor.advisorButler, David R.
dc.contributor.authorPinon, Andrea E. ( )
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-07T18:33:46Z
dc.date.available2018-08-07T18:33:46Z
dc.date.issued2018-08
dc.identifier.citationPiñon, A. E. (2018). Scratching the surface: A content analysis of gorillas as zoogeomorphic agents (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/7408
dc.description.abstractGorillas are among the most charismatic and well-researched species on the planet, yet their role as zoogeomorphic agents has gone largely overlooked. Zoogeomorphology is the study of animals as geomorphic agents, that is, their role in sculpting, modifying, and maintaining the earth’s physical surface. Documented gorilla zoogeomorphic activity is scattered within the literature of various disciplines and functions mostly as supplementary data to primary research goals. Knowledge on the geomorphic responses of gorillas is necessary to refine our understanding of their role as present and future agents of landscape formation and decay. Without zoogeomorphic data, vital pieces of information could be excluded in future conservation planning. This study is a content analysis of non-human primate literature that utilizes a conventional approach to identify, categorize, and define cases of gorilla zoogeomorphic activity. Nine categories of how gorillas function as zoogeomorphic agents have been identified. They include: (1) soil scratching and (2) soil scraping of the forest floor; (3) excavated chambers and depressions; (4) bare/semi-bare soil nest sites; (5) hand/knuckle and foot prints; (6) excavated insect mounds; (7) geomorphic implications of tool use (8) trunk uprooting, and (9) trampling. Data sets derived from the literature were used to provide a qualitative and quantitative summary of zoogeomorphic activity. Descriptive statistics were used to quantify literature reports and key zoogeomorphology studies were used to extrapolate potential trace specific geomorphic response(s).
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dc.format.extent103 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectZoogeomorphology
dc.subjectGorilla
dc.subjectGeomorphology
dc.subjectPrimate
dc.subjectAfrica
dc.subject.lcshBiogeomorphologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshGorilla--Behavioren_US
dc.titleScratching the surface: A content analysis of gorillas as zoogeomorphic agents
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDixon, Richard
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJensen, Jennifer
thesis.degree.departmentGeography
thesis.degree.disciplineGeography
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
txstate.departmentGeography


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