- 2018 Library Undergraduate Research Awards nomination materials, reflective learning essay, and research paper.
In this study, pocket gopher and gray-tailed vole holes and hills were counted within four distinct habitats using quadrats and a gridding method over a period of five field days. The study was conducted to determine which habitat these small rodents favored for burrowing. The four habitats are located in William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge in Benton County, OR and consist of lowland agricultural fields, lowland natural prairie/ oak savanna, upland agricultural fields, and upland prairie/ oak savanna. Statistical analysis through the use of parametric and nonparametric tests revealed that there was no significance in the data and that the abundance of small rodent holes was equivalent throughout all habitats; however, a number of factors not related to the favoritism of the rodents to certain habitats could have influenced these results.