RMBL Research Site Spatial Metadata:   Scott Wissinger  Community Ecology of Kettle Pond Wetlands


RMBL Research Site Metadata

Contact Information
Head PI / Owner Name:  Scott Wissinger Affiliation: RMBL Scientist
Project Title: Community Ecology of Kettle Pond Wetlands RMBL Record ID=  107
GPS Data Collector:  Amanda Klemmer & Jen Gunther Phone:  Email: swissing@allegheny.edu
Metadata Collector:  Scott Wissinger Phone:  Email: swissing@allegheny.edu
Project Classification Information
Level: community Theme: Research Subject: Long-term
Project: Observational Location: Kettle Ponds
Organism 1:  Limnephilus picturatus Organism 2:  Limnephilus picturatus GPS unit? GeoXT--Terrasync
Site Information
What was mapped on this plot? Neither the corners nor the center of this plot.  Perimeter of ponds
Data dictionary name:  Wissinger06
Data dictionary description: Name=name of pond (KP=Kettle Ponds, LDC=lower Deer Creek; UDC=upper deer creek; CC=copper creek; SR = Shooting range; SG = Snodgrass; PA=Paradise Divide; SLV = Sylvanite), Hydroperiod (permanent = pond never dries; semi-permanent = pond sometimes dries; temporary = pond always dries), Landscape position (depressional = wetlands not associated with any running water; riparian = ponds hydrologically connected to running water).
Is this research site in a wilderness area?  no
Is this site within 30 feet of the centerline of a county road?  no
Is a buffer needed around plot? No (There is no need for a buffer zone around my site.)
Please describe what you do at this research site Community Surveys of Kettle Ponds and other shallow lentic habitats near RMBL. We have historical data (1990-2000) on the invertebrate and amphibian species composition for most of the lentic habitats in the East River Valley between the Ski Area and Emerald Lake. We resampled most of those habitats during summer 2006 as part of comparative study to explore patterns of species distribution along a permanence gradient from vernal temporary (habitats that dry every year), to semi-permanent (dry late in summer or in autumn in some years) to permanent (rarely or never dry). The pattern observed in the Mexican Cut ponds is that there are species replacements within taxa along that gradient, an observation consistent with many studies in North America (see Wellborn GA, Skelly DK, Werner EE (1996) Mechanisms creating community structure across a freshwater habitat gradient. Annu Rev Ecol System 27:337-363). We want to determine if those patterns are widely applicable (beyond Mexican Cut), and compare them to those observed in similar habitats in New Zealand where the drying and filling cycles of the ponds are less predictable.
What are the future management needs of this data? This site is active and needs to be managed. (Data will be included in the current research site map.)
What is the level that other people can share this site? Other observational studies are okay without checking with me.    Please provide comments about sharing this research plot. You should replace this text with your own information. If you do not, this default text will appear in the final metadata form.


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