Publication Date

2020

Document Type

Thesis

Committee Members

John O. Stireman III, Ph.D. (Advisor); Volker Bahn, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Megan A. Rúa, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Abstract

Mature forests often harbor greater biodiversity than younger woods. As this relationship of forest age to biodiversity has not been examined for all taxa, this study sought to document the diversity of mycophilous beetle communities in deciduous forests of southwest Ohio and understand how they vary in relation to forest age. I surveyed fungus associated beetles using baited traps at eight forested sites in the Dayton, Ohio region. Traps were surveyed three times during 2018 to account for seasonal variation, something that has not been done for this geographic region. Forest age had no significant effect on beetle abundance or diversity, but mature forests did have a distinct community of beetles. Invasive honeysuckle had a negative effect on beetle abundance and diversity. With this information, more informed decisions may be made with regard to land use and forest management, maintaining existing mature forests and managing invasive species to enhance biodiversity.

Page Count

55

Year Degree Awarded

2020

ORCID ID

0000-0001-7413-9951


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