AN ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF OHIO FISH COMMUNITIES AND HABITAT STRUCTURE: EXAMINING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COMMUNITY COMPOSITION AND HABITAT QUALITY FOR AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS
Abstract (Summary)This paper examines ecological monitoring practices of the Ohio EPA through the experience of a college internship. The purpose of this research was to identify relationships between fish communities and their habitat structure. The overall goals of these studies were to determine the best predictors of a healthy fish community. In turn, a healthy fish community would be indicative of a level of water quality that would meet attainment standards. Thus, ecological monitoring could be used to determine the health and possible uses of a water resource. This internship was conducted over the course of two summers (2002 – 2003), examining multiple aquatic ecosystems. Community analysis was conducted via electro-shocking methods. Habitat structure was examined through the use of a Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index (QHEI). This paper presents data collected during the internship, an evaluation of the internship, and an evaluation of the educational experience at Miami University.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:01/01/2003