2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Exploring Mammal Diversity Through Camera Trapping at Union Ridge Conservation Area


Zane M. Siebeneck
Dr. Stephanie Fore, Faculty Mentor

Diversity is essential to the function of an ecosystem. Each species serves a purpose within their community, and any change in one could have drastic effects on the others. It is important to observe diversity in an ecosystem over time to find new patterns that emerge and potentially apply it to conservation efforts. In this study, camera traps will be utilized within the Union Ridge Conservation Area in Adair County, Missouri to observe mammal diversity. Camera traps will be set up in randomized locations in Union Ridge for two-week long trapping sessions. This process will be repeated multiple times, and the photos will be analyzed to identify species and calculate their richness, abundance, and diversity to help draw conclusions about the diversity in this region. Diversity has a large impact on ecosystems, so it is important to observe its changes in northern Missouri with data that can be built on.

Keywords: Biology, Mammal, Diversity, Missouri, Camera trapping

Topic(s):Biology

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 4-6
Location: https://flipgrid.com/7ba08930
Time: 0:00

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