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Response of zooplankton biodiversity to nutrient pulses in experimental mesocosms.

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dc.contributor.author Munene, Abraham
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-29T18:15:59Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-29T18:15:59Z
dc.date.issued 2014-10-29
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8531
dc.description MES research project paper en_US
dc.description.abstract Delineating the response of species to disturbance is a large part of ecological and environmental research. Freshwater ecosystems are essential for supporting life on earth and are also highly vulnerable to disturbance. With predicted increases in the intensity and frequency of disturbance associated with climate change understanding the impact of disturbance regimes on components of the ecosystem is important. The Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis (IDH) predicts greater species diversity at a moderate intensity and frequency of disturbance than at a high intensity and frequency of disturbance. To test this postulate we assessed the response of zooplankton diversity to two nutrient pulse regimes; a moderate intense frequent pulse and a high intense infrequent pulse in four mesocosms. Higher zooplankton diversity was observed in the moderate intensity pulse in half the experimental group while higher zooplankton diversity was observed in the high intensity pulse. One-way ANOVA showed an effect of the nutrient pulse regime on chlorophyll a concentration but not on zooplankton diversity. Correlations between chlorophyll a concentration and zooplankton diversity were non-significant. The intermediate disturbance hypothesis may not account for zooplankton diversity within freshwater ecosystems. Alternative theories and mechanisms could better explain the trends in zooplankton diversity measured across experimental groups. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NSERC, University of Guelph Graduate Student Bursaries en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject Zooplankton en_US
dc.subject Mesocosms en_US
dc.subject Nutrient pulses en_US
dc.subject Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis en_US
dc.title Response of zooplankton biodiversity to nutrient pulses in experimental mesocosms. en_US
dc.type Report en_US
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