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Biology Master’s Theses

Habitat assessment

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Evaluation Of The Basis And Effectiveness Of Habitat Assessments In Wetland Functional Assessment Methods, Amy Elizabeth Gardner May 2006

Evaluation Of The Basis And Effectiveness Of Habitat Assessments In Wetland Functional Assessment Methods, Amy Elizabeth Gardner

Biology Master’s Theses

I studied the basis and effectiveness of wetland assessment methods in providing habitat assessments. While it is well understood that wetlands and riparian areas provide important ecological functions and habitat for a wide variety of wildlife species, much is still to be learned about providing meaningful, accurate and repeatable methods for assessing them. I examined and evaluated four assessment methods to determine their accuracy and usefulness in assessing a site's provision of habitat.

One hypothesis I tested is that if the assessment methods studied provide an accurate assessment of wetland functions, then the resulting site scores for the methods ...