2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Increasing Diversity in Student Insect Collections


Alyssa K. Johnson
Dr. Laura Fielden, Faculty Mentor

Student insect collections in entomology classes at Truman State University are an underutilized resource that can serve as indicators of pollutants such as nitrogen, heavy metals, and light pollution. Shifts in insect distribution and abundance may also result from climate change as CO<sub>2</sub> levels rise and affect average rainfall and temperature. However, in order to be used as a measure of relative diversity and abundance, bias must be reduced so that insect collections are as reflective of the insect population as possible. The purpose of this study was to increase diversity in student insect collections by adding new collecting methods. 

Keywords: insect, diversity, entomology, student

Topic(s):Biology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 3-15
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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