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Sheldon Kallio
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Sheldon Kallio

Degree in progress: Masters
Supervisor: Dr. Lenore Fahrig


My Research:


Can ground beetle species traits predict the size of a landscape?


My Masters project evaluates whether ground beetle (Coleoptera:Carabidae) species traits predict the size of a landscape. To evaluate these beetles' "scale of effect", or the scale at which they interact with their surrounding landscape, I will be looking at how body size, dispersal ability, and reproductive potential influence the size of a landscape. As body size and dispersal ability are highly correlated to the mobility of carabid beetles, I predict that the scale of effect will increase as body size and dispersal ability increase. For reproductive potential, it has been suggested that organisms with low reproductive potential (and low survival during emigration) require large amounts of habitat. As such, I predict that the scale of effect will increase with decreased reproductive potential in these beetles.

 
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