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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Paul J. Johnson
Invertebrates are used worldwide as focal ecological indicators of progress in restoration efforts on degraded habitats. In this study I examined the community assemblage of ants in varied ages of restored grasslands by comparing them to prairie remnants in the same region. Two different trapping methods were used to determine the ant assemblages among four age classes of prairie restorations in southeastern South Dakota. Results were compared to the community composition found on prairie remnants in the same region. Species richness was significantly different amongst the oldest restorations and remnants, but was not significant amongst the younger restorations. This suggests that there may be a level of predictiveness in their response to age and revegetation efforts, and that species richness and a functional group approach and provide a good basis to gauge restoration progress and ultimate success.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
prairies restoration--South Dakota
Grassland restoration--South Dakota
Includes bibliographical references (pages 59-67).
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
Winkler, Laura Beth, "Using Ants (Hymenopters:Formicidae) as Indicators of Restoration Success in the Tallgrass Praiaries of Southeastern South Dakota" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1684.