Predicting, Measuring, and Monitoring Aquatic Invertebrate Biodiversity on Dryland Military Bases
Technical Report,01 Jan 2012,15 Dec 2016
University of Washington Seattle United States
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Aquatic habitats are among the most imperiled habitats on dryland military installations, yet they harbor a disproportionately high amount of biodiversity given the small land area they cover. Aquatic invertebrates insects and allied taxa constitute a major part of this biodiversity and form a critical part of the food web that sustains aquatic, riparian, and terrestrial organisms, including Federally Threatened or Endangered species. Biodiversity in dryland aquatic habitats is strongly influenced by spatial and temporal variability, which presents challenges for predicting how management decisions on military lands could affect landscape-scale patterns of aquatic invertebrate biodiversity. This project integrates mathematical modeling, invertebrate sampling, and statistical estimation to understand and measure biodiversity of aquatic invertebrates on dryland military bases.