My undergraduate and master’s theses were based in research that I did on aquatic macroinvertebrate community structure in the Mattabesset River and Eightmile River watersheds in central CT. The research took place between 2004 and 2006.
For my undergraduate thesis I compared different methods (Surber sampler, kick net, and rock bag substrate samplers) commonly used by monitoring agencies to sample these fascinating organisms.
For my master’s thesis I examined spatial and temporal patterns in various aspects of macroinvertebrate community ecology. This research included taxa rarity, preditor/pray abundances, and trophic groupings. I also compared and critiqued various water quality metrics commonly used for rapid bioassesment and ongoing biomonitoring.
This work continues... to learn more visit the Chernoff student research site.