Project Spotlight: Oliver Denny – Using nematodes as bioindicators

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Ponderosa Pine/Bluebunch wheatgrass Reference Site at Kenna Cartwright Park

Overview:

Ponderosa Pine/Bluebunch wheatgrass ecosystems are threatened by multiple stressors, including the spread of invasive species, and it can be difficult to prioritize sites for restoration treatments. Soil nematode communities respond to ecosystem disturbances, which allows us to use nematodes as bioindicators. My study links the observed nematode community with established indices, allowing nematode analysis to be used as a tool for assessing ecosystem health.

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