Biology

Title

Use of the Chironomid Pupal Exuvial Technique (CPET) to Characterize Midge Communities in Massachusetts's Ponds

Date of Award

2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Biology

Department

Biology

Chief Instructor

John A. Baker

Second Reader

Philip J. Bergmann

Third Reader

Richard W. King

Abstract

A lake bioassessment study was conducted using the Chironomid Pupal Exuvial Technique (CPET) a sampling method novel to Clark University and the state of Massachusetts biological research programs. 6 lakes in Worcester County were surveyed in the summer of 2015 in order to assess the efficacy of CPET in assessing Chironomid community structure in Massachusetts's ponds. In CPET, the floating, shed pupal skins (exuviae) of recently hatched aquatic invertebrates of the family Chironomidae were collected directly off of the water's surface.

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