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Presentation Title

Ant diversity on urban green rooftops

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Kaya Cuper, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Library 203

Abstract

Green rooftops serve as potential habitats for organisms in urban environments. We are studying patterns in ant species richness across eight green rooftops in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. We compare ant sampling methods, ant species composition between rooftops and bases, and ant species richness between rooftop characteristics. On average, pitfall traps captured more ant species than baits, and ant species on rooftops were a subset of the species around their bases. This study shows a green rooftop's potential as a habitat for ants in urban concrete jungles, providing us further reasons to study rooftop communities as we make cities green.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-8-2014 10:40 AM

End Date

4-8-2014 12:00 PM

Panel

Panel: Topics in Biology: Ecological, Clinical and Molecular Analyses

Field of Study for Presentation

Biology, Environmental Studies

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Ant diversity on urban green rooftops

Library 203

Green rooftops serve as potential habitats for organisms in urban environments. We are studying patterns in ant species richness across eight green rooftops in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. We compare ant sampling methods, ant species composition between rooftops and bases, and ant species richness between rooftop characteristics. On average, pitfall traps captured more ant species than baits, and ant species on rooftops were a subset of the species around their bases. This study shows a green rooftop's potential as a habitat for ants in urban concrete jungles, providing us further reasons to study rooftop communities as we make cities green.