2017 - 20th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Long Term Abundance and Diversity Patterns of Arthropods on Urban Green Rooftops

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Michael J. Penn, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Meyer Auditorium

Abstract

A green, or “living” roof is one that is at least partially covered with vegetation and a growing medium. Relatively few studies have investigated patterns of arthropod diversity on these rooftops over extended time periods. My research intends to fill that gap in knowledge by showing how the arthropod community on eight urban green rooftops varies in abundance and diversity over a four year timespan. I predict that these arthropods will mimic island colonizers; highly mobile groups of arthropods such as spiders should have higher abundance and diversity than low-mobility groups like springtails.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-11-2017 1:00 PM

End Date

4-11-2017 2:15 PM

Panel

Environmental Issues

Panel Moderator

Brian McCammack

Field of Study for Presentation

Biology

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Long Term Abundance and Diversity Patterns of Arthropods on Urban Green Rooftops

Meyer Auditorium

A green, or “living” roof is one that is at least partially covered with vegetation and a growing medium. Relatively few studies have investigated patterns of arthropod diversity on these rooftops over extended time periods. My research intends to fill that gap in knowledge by showing how the arthropod community on eight urban green rooftops varies in abundance and diversity over a four year timespan. I predict that these arthropods will mimic island colonizers; highly mobile groups of arthropods such as spiders should have higher abundance and diversity than low-mobility groups like springtails.