Cottenie, K. K.U.Leuven, carl.cottenie@bio.kuleuven.ac.be
Michels, E. K.U.Leuven, erik.michels@bio.kuleuven.ac.be
De Meester, L. K.U.Leuven, luc.demeester@bio.kuleuven.ac.be

 
THE IMPLICATIONS OF CONNECTIVITY AND ECOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES IN A SET OF INTERCONNECTED PONDS ON THE STRUCTURING OF LOCAL ZOOPLANKTON COMMUNITIES
 
The relative importance of connectivity between the different populations, modelled in a GIS environment, versus ecological differences among ponds (invertebrate and vertebrate predation pressure, the development of the littoral zone, water transparency, habitat heterogeneity and egg bank capacity) has been quantified. The study site consists of 34 neighbouring shallow ponds that are interconnected via a system of overflows and rivulets. Nevertheless the ponds differ widely in ecological characteristics. Our results indicate that both the effective geographic distance and ecological differences between ponds are important in structuring the local zooplankton communities.
 
Day: Tuesday, Feb. 2
Time: Poster
Location: Sweeney Center
 
Code: SS44TU0910S