Ant Communities Are Structured by Patch and Landscape Level Factors

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Dr. Kaitlin Campbell, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: Landowners and conservation groups are converting marginal agricultural land to semi-natural habitats, such as conservation grasslands. Dr. Thomas Crist and I studied ant communities in 23 conservation grasslands that differed in area, time since planting, plant community, soils, management, and surrounding landscape. The goals of this study were to differentiate patch and surrounding landscape effects on the grassland ant species composition and diversity. Our results suggest that ant communities are primarily influenced by habitat age, but soil, management, and surrounding land use have differential effects on individual species frequencies. These findings support a greater use of ants as environmental indicators at the patch and landscape level.

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UNCP Research and Creativity Showcase
Language: English
Date: 2017
Ant Communities, Agro-Ecosystems, Community Assembly, Conservation Reserve Program, Semi-Natural Habitats, Conservation Grasslands, Landscape Level Factors, Landscape Ecology, Prairie, Restoration Ecology, Habitat Age, Species Frequencies, Faculty Research, Poster Presentations, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

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