Title: Modeling Invertebrate Responses to Plant Richness in Restored Prairies
Directors: Heidi Berger and Clint Meyer
Dates of Program: June 10 - August 2, 2013
The students participating in this interdisciplinary project will apply differential equations and biostatistics to model prairie restoration in Nebraska. We are interested in how restoration management decisions on planted seed diversity impact insect diversity. For the first problem, students will analyze data collected in 2012 and use ordination techniques to assess community-wide responses of invertebrates to planted seed diversity. In the second problem, students will develop a system of differential equations to model invertebrate richness and plant richness.
Student Researchers Supported by MAA:
Luis (Tony) Saucedo
Demetre Van Arsdale
Support for NREUP is provided by the National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences and the National Security Agency.