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BEES Graduate Research Seminar: Steve Mason, PhD Candidate, Drexel University
Start Date: 11/7/2019Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Date: 11/7/2019End Time: 5:00 PM

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Steve Mason, PhD Candidate, Drexel University

A Meta-analysis of PyroEntomology


Fires affect different insect taxa by altering food and nesting resources. However, every fire behaves differently, and we have a limited understanding of which fire characteristics affect insect biodiversity the most. We conducted a systematic review and a meta-analysis of the fire and Apoidea (Bees), Rhopalocera (Butterflies), Carabidae (Ground Beetles), and Formicidae (Ants) literature from 2000 – 2019 asking (1) how do certain types of fire affect insect biodiversity, (2) how does seasonality of fire affect insect biodiversity, and (3) how does habitat of fire affect insect biodiversity. Our results show that each fire characteristic can influence insect biodiversity differently. Future research should attempt to quantify the fire while also considering it’s severity, heterogeneity, and seasonality. By examining how fire characteristics affect insect biodiversity, we can start to make better predictions about how insects will respond to changing fire regimes.

Contact Information:
Name: Amanda Leslie
Phone: 215.571.4651
Email: arl98@drexel.edu
Papadakis Integrated Science Building, Room 104, 3245 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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