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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Jordan Marshall

Sponsor Department/Program

Department of Biology

Student Department/Program

Department of Biology, Department of History

University Affiliation

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne

Abstract

Land usage adjacent to waterways, such as agriculture, may artificially increase the amount of nutrients through fertilizer runoff. Some types of land usage, such as woodlands, may serve to absorb nutrients before they enter waterways. The aim of this study is to determine if land usage affects the abundance and diversity of algal communities in adjacent waterways in rural northeast Indiana. My results suggest that a higher proportion of wetlands adjacent to waterways decreases algal population density. An increasing proportion of developed land serves to increase algal community diversity. These findings are significant because they highlight the impact of land management on aquatic communities.

Disciplines

Biology | Life Sciences

Land Usage near Waterways Affects Nutrient Content: A Study of Algal Communities

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