Where to go from here:

Our survey determined that ant diversity on campus is primarily affected by extremely local attributes, like the number of trees present, amount of cover, and the type of habitat, and less so by elevation and location. Surprisingly, measurements of ground moisture had no significant impact on our results. This gives insight into which local management techniques can impact ant diversity, and which have a lesser effect.

The next step will be to conduct a survey of both the neighboring foothills and campus and compare measurements of species' presence, prevalence, and abundance. This will provide information on how our disturbed areas compare to natural areas. We see the 2012 survey as a stepping stone that gives insight into how this next survey should be conducted.

From the 2012 survey, we know what methods are best for catching ants, and which are duds. We will also be able to use our old data to determine how many sites should be surveyed to test different hypotheses. This coming summer should yield some very interesting results!

Links

Life history stories of our coolest ants

Check out how we find ants on campus

Results on species richness and what we've found

Find out what's coming up next year

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