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Harvard Forest Symposium Abstract 2017

  • Title: Ecology of New England vernal pools
  • Primary Author: Betsy Colburn (Harvard Forest)
  • Abstract:

    The current focus of my vernal pool research is on water beetles of the genus Hydroporus (Family Dytiscidae). This is a diverse genus with many species occurring in New England temporary and permanent waters. Only a small portion of samples have been identified thus far, but initial results suggest that certain features such as canopy cover/insolation, aquatic vegetation, adjacent forest type, maximum depth, and pool hydroperiod may be correlated with the distribution of some Hydroporus in seasonal forest pools.

  • Research Category: Watershed Ecology, Biodiversity Studies