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Presentation Title

The Urban Ant: Does Address Matter?

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Jeremy Boeing '15, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Durand Art Institute, 2nd Floor Balcony

Abstract

Human populations continue to grow, and increasing numbers of people are moving from rural environments into urban centers. Cities are thought of as a homogenized habitat. However, I hypothesize that variation in urban environments plays a major role in biodiversity and species assemblages. Using ants, I compare biodiversity of street medians and parks, two distinct urban environments. Over 8500 ants from 27 species were captured across a 20 mile range in Chicago. Sites ranged from 1 to 12 species with parks having significantly more species. Different urban environments have distinct ant communities emphasizing that cities are not homogenous biotic landscapes.

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

4-8-2014 2:40 PM

End Date

4-8-2014 4:00 PM

Panel

Posters: The Ken Weik Poster Session

Field of Study for Presentation

Biology, Environmental Studies

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Apr 8th, 2:40 PM Apr 8th, 4:00 PM

The Urban Ant: Does Address Matter?

Durand Art Institute, 2nd Floor Balcony

Human populations continue to grow, and increasing numbers of people are moving from rural environments into urban centers. Cities are thought of as a homogenized habitat. However, I hypothesize that variation in urban environments plays a major role in biodiversity and species assemblages. Using ants, I compare biodiversity of street medians and parks, two distinct urban environments. Over 8500 ants from 27 species were captured across a 20 mile range in Chicago. Sites ranged from 1 to 12 species with parks having significantly more species. Different urban environments have distinct ant communities emphasizing that cities are not homogenous biotic landscapes.