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Presentation
Distribution of Fish Species in Cedar Lake
The Research and Scholarship Symposium
  • David Dombrowski, Cedarville University
  • Katherine Guffey, Cedarville University
  • Brittany Hayes, Cedarville University
  • Mark A. Gathany, Cedarville University
Type of Submission
Poster
Keywords
  • Fish,
  • species,
  • diversity,
  • distribution,
  • depth,
  • freshwater
Abstract

With over 13,000 described species of freshwater fishes, diversity within aquatic systems can vary extensively. At the local scale small changes in the diversity of fish species within an ecosystem will modify processes within the ecosystem such as community decomposition and metabolism. Recent analyses indicate that actual species diversity within small, shallow ponds may be higher than previously thought. Fish species distribution will differ based on location within the aquatic system relative to the species’ position in the trophic web. We will measure both quantitative and qualitative differences among species at different locations within of Cedar Lake, expecting to find a decrease in both species diversity and total number of fish as the depth increases. We will count the number of fish species and the total number of fish at each depth and use t-test analysis to determine if depth influences fish diversity.

Faculty Sponsor or Advisor’s Name
Mark Gathany
Campus Venue
Stevens Student Center
Location
Cedarville, OH
Start Date
4-16-2014 11:00 AM
End Date
4-16-2014 2:00 PM
Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Citation Information
David Dombrowski, Katherine Guffey, Brittany Hayes and Mark A. Gathany. "Distribution of Fish Species in Cedar Lake" (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mark_gathany/21/