Exploring movement: Common vole (Microtus arvalis) dispersal in fragmented landscapes

R+D+I project financed by the State Program of Scientific and Technical Research of Excellence. CGL2015-71255-P. MICIN 2016-2019.

This project investigates the common vole (Microtus arvalis) dispersal patterns and processes in intensified agricultural landscapes. We study the dispersal of individuals -and hence their genes, parasites, diseases and predators- in fragmented environments, and the consequences for meta-population dynamics.
The specific objectives of the project are:

  • To study how individual movements are connected to a fluctuating demography (population cycles), predation risk and habitat quality.
  • Assess the influence of linear elements in the landscape (fences and roads) on vole dispersal.
  • To study the impact of predation on common vole dispersal.
  • Study the application of the gathered information in pest control programmes.