Identification of Ant Species Across the San Francisco Peaks Gradient
Ants are incredibly important to ecological systems; by the movement of
soil and food collection they affect the level of soil nutrition within
an area, as well as population control of prey species. Ant species vary
across different vegetation types and elevation gradients. Along the
San Francisco Peaks gradient in Flagstaff, Arizona there exist four
major vegetation types: Grasslands, Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pines, and
Pinyon Juniper. This project is designed to make the identification of
these species of ants simpler then using the naked eye or a microscope.
Knowing these ant species will provide a better understanding of the
niche that certain species prefer.
Watch Video: Ant Imaging Techniques
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