On Saturday, April 6, Dr. Matt Lundquist published his work “Aquatic insect diversity in streams across a rural-urban land-use discontinuum” in the international journal Hydrobiologia. This paper was the culmination of research looking at aquatic insect communities in paired rural and urban headwater stream sites in Binghamton, NY. The major result of the paper is that even though urban insect communities had fewer species than rural ones, each urban site harbored more unique taxa, increasing what is known as beta-diversity. This is the first time that higher beta-diversity has been reported in urban stream sites and highlights the importance of studying ecosystems in the process of urbanization. Dr. Lundquist plans on continuing his work on beta-diversity in New York City looking at distributions of pollinating insects in urban green spaces as well as in freshwater ecosystems throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. He conducts research with the help of Biology and Urban and Environmental Sustainability undergraduates at MMC.
Dr. Matt Lundquist published his paper “Aquatic insect diversity in streams across a rural-urban land-use discontinuum” in the international journal Hydrobiologia.