|Dale Booth - Invasions
Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR
|As part of the SERC
Invasions lab, I spent much of my internship traveling with the lab
collecting fouling plates and analyzing the population biology and
community structure of marine invertebrates. Our lab has sites all around
the USA and Australia and I traveled to several of them.
I worked in Virginia, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Alaska.
My personal project also involved
fouling communities. I looked
at the influence of plate size and shape on species diversity. I also
investigated whether or not there was a difference in the taxa that settle
at the edges of plates vs the center. Past studies have found that there
is a fairly consistent increase in species diversity as habitat size
increases, but these studies have not taken into account possible edge
effects associated with the shape of the habitat. A triangular plate of
equal area to a square plate has a greater edge/area ratio which could
influence the taxa that settle there. I compared these two shapes and also
examined the species/area relationship.
Marina in Kodiak, AK
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