Bioindicators Project

Assassin bug on a plant. We found that the Heteroptera were good indicator taxa of overall invertebrate diversity in old field sites.

Assassin bug on a plant. We found that the Heteroptera were good indicator taxa of overall invertebrate diversity in old field sites.

 

 

I was involved in research as an undergraduate at Kalamazoo College that investigated the use of focal taxa as indicators of overall biodiversity in old field sites transitioning away from agricultural usage. We wanted to find groups that would be easily sampled and allow rapid assessment of ecosystem health in different areas with or without the presence of invasive plant species.

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