Date of Award
College of Natual Science and Mathematics, Biological Sciences
Diversity, Ecology, Elevation, Freshwater, Macroinvertebrate
Land use activities have caused disturbances that affect the quality of freshwater ecosystems worldwide. How the influences of land use along an environmental gradient and the associated environmental variables that may influence stream diversity and function is unclear. We address these issues by studying biodiversity, abundance, and functional diversity of macroinvertebrates across different land types along a gradient in Colorado, USA. We also address how diversity may change along an elevation gradient by analyzing previously published macroinvertebrate research. We found evidence that land use and disturbance are stronger explanations of changes in macroinvertebrate communities, rather than elevation. Functional trait patterns of macroinvertebrates also differ from biodiversity and community composition measurements. Our research highlights the importance of land use, the influence on environmental variables, and the use of functional traits for characterizing communities.
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Received from ProQuest
Sprout, Brittany, "Land Use Influences Along Elevation Gradient on Macroinvertebrate Communities" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1846.
Ecology, Conservation biology