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Robert B. Gordon Natural Area for Environmental Studies


Description: As with some of the other biotic groups, the research pattern for invertebrates at the GNA might best be described as ‘intermittent.’ Former WCU professor Win Fairchild and his students conducted research on aquatic invertebrates in Plum Run, both inside and outside of the boundaries of the GNA. To date, the only data from that work that we’ve been able to obtain are from the 2007 MS thesis of Danielle DiFederico.

Since that time, the only ‘directed’ invertebrate research at the GNA has been the annual monitoring in Plum Run by the Stroud Water Research Center (SWRC). This research was initiated in 2017 and is ongoing. Additional data come from (the increasingly frequent) observations by GNA staff and from observations on iNaturalist posted by visitors to the GNA.

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