Wetland Invertebrates Project

Sampling for macroinvertebrates in wetlands on a cattle ranch in Florida.

Sampling for macroinvertebrates in wetlands on a cattle ranch in Florida.

After graduation from Kalamazoo College with my Bachelor’s degree, I accepted a research internship at the Archbold Biological Station in Lake Place, FL. While there, I worked for 6-months on developing my own research project, as well as helping other interns and staff with their projects. My project focused on the impact that grazing has on the aquatic invertebrate community in wetlands on a cattle ranch. Specifically, I evaluated the changes in species composition, abundance, and diversity depending on the intensity of simulated grazing. I found that in areas where vegetation was removed, the species composition was altered and there was decreased abundance and diversity of macroinvertebrates.

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