Insect Biodiversity Monitoring at Riparian Restoration Sites in the City of Santa Rosa

student using net to collect insectsstudents sampling insects prior to restoration worksoil invertebrates found in vernal poolSean McNeil and Fran Keller

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. Six entomology students volunteered to collect, identify and curate insect collections at each site that will serve as the baseline data for comparison with future surveys when restoration work is completed.   

Duration: Spring 2014

Type of Educational Activities: Service-learning

Project Faculty: Fran Keller (Biology)

Partners: Sean McNeil, Environmental Compliance, City of Santa Rosa

Participating Courses: BIO 323 Entomology - 6 students (Spring 2014)

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

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