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Seasonal variation in the behaviour of a short-lived rodent

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Ecology, January 2013
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Title
Seasonal variation in the behaviour of a short-lived rodent
Published in
BMC Ecology, January 2013
DOI 10.1186/1472-6785-13-43
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Authors

Jana A Eccard, Antje Herde

Abstract

Short lived, iteroparous animals in seasonal environments experience variable social and environmental conditions over their lifetime. Animals can be divided into those with a "young-of-the-year" life history (YY, reproducing and dying in the summer of birth) and an "overwinter" life history (OW, overwintering in a subadult state before reproducing next spring).We investigated how behavioural patterns across the population were affected by season and sex, and whether variation in behaviour reflects the variation in life history patterns of each season. Applications of pace-of-life (POL) theory would suggest that long-lived OW animals are shyer in order to increase survival, and YY are bolder in order to increase reproduction. Therefore, we expected that in winter and spring samples, when only OW can be sampled, the animals should be shyer than in summer and autumn, when both OW and YY animals can be sampled.We studied common vole (Microtus arvalis) populations, which express typical, intra-annual density fluctuation. We captured a total of 492 voles at different months over 3 years and examined boldness and activity level with two standardised behavioural experiments.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 1 1%
Switzerland 1 1%
Netherlands 1 1%
Canada 1 1%
Spain 1 1%
United States 1 1%
Unknown 85 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 23 25%
Researcher 16 18%
Student > Master 16 18%
Student > Bachelor 14 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 4%
Other 8 9%
Unknown 10 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 55 60%
Environmental Science 11 12%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 2 2%
Computer Science 1 1%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 1%
Other 4 4%
Unknown 17 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 8. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 April 2014.
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#536,111
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Outputs of similar age from BMC Ecology
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