Insect Biodiversity Monitoring at Riparian Restoration Sites in the City of Santa Rosa
Project Description: The City of Santa Rosa is undertaking a variety of restoration efforts that increase diversity, habitat quality, and wildlife movement within the city limits: (1) hydrological and riparian restoration at the Colgan Creek Restoration Area, (2) grassland restoration at the Fresno Avenue Migration Corridor Preserve, and (3) vernal pool restoration at the Samuel P. Jones Hall Shelter and Community Center. In conjunction with these ongoing projects, the City is interested in determining how restoration efforts affect insect biodiversity at each site. Entomology students collected, identified and curated insect collections at each site. Return to the site a year later allows an analysis of the response of insect communities to restoration.
Duration: Spring 2014 - present
Type of Educational Activities: Service-learning, Independent Research
Project Faculty: Fran Keller (Biology)
Partners: Sean McNeil, Environmental Compliance, City of Santa Rosa
Participating Courses: BIO 323 Entomology - 6 students (Spring 2014), BIO 499 Independent Study - 1 student (Spring 2015)
Location: (1) hydrological and riparian at the Colgan Creek Restoration Area, (2) grassland restoration at the Fresno Avenue Migration Corridor Preserve, and (3) vernal pool restoration at the Samuel P. Jones Hall Shelter and Community Center.
Methods: Insects were collected using sweep nets, malaise traps, and Winkler traps. Insects were killed using ethyl acetate and pinned using standard entomology specimen mounting and data documentation techniques. For identification, teaching collections and dichotomous keys (e.g., DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects 7th Edition) were used under the guidance of Fran Keller.
Field collection, identification and curation are conducted by SSU students under the guidance of Dr. Fran Keller
Results Summary: Insect diversity was documented for 3 restoration sites for the City of Santa Rosa.
Data: (see data disclaimer)
- Specimens are curated in the SSU Biological Collection
- Change in Insect Diversity through Riparian Restoration. Alec Moschetti (Advisor: Fran Keller, Biology 499). Moschetti 2015 (pdf, 0.9 Mb)
- Survey of Insect Diversity at Colgan Creek Restoration Site in Santa Rosa, California. Ashley Clark, Max Hayden, Kaitlyn Smith (Advisor: Fran Keller, Biology 323 Entomology). Clark et al. 2014 (pdf, 1.7 Mb); 2014 WWATERS abstracts
- Samual P Jones Hall Vernal Pool. Andrew Benson, Sierra Young and Carly Tompkins (Advisor: Fran Keller, Biology 323 Entomology). Benson et al. 2014 (pdf, 0.7 Mb); 2014 WATERS abstracts
- Documenting Insect Diversity at the Fresno Avenue Preserve. Melissa Tarrant, Jennifer Gehrmann, and Joey Camicia (Advisor: Fran Keller, Biology 323 Entomology). Tarrant et al. 2014 (pdf, 2.5 Mb); 2014 WATERS abstracts