Elyssa Cameron

McGill University
M.Sc. candidate

Supervisor: Christopher Buddle
Start: 2014-09-01
End: 2016-05-15

Project

Diversity and community structure of arctic arthropods across microhabitats: Implications for ecological monitoring
In lieu of a growing interest in arctic research and preservation, this project aims to establish the baseline conditions for a future long-term ecological monitoring program in Cambridge Bay. Specifically, terrestrial arthropod diversity (insects, mites and spiders) will be studied and mapped on top of existing vegetation profiles; thereby testing if small habitat differences change the diversity and community structure of arthropods. In so doing, one can gain a better understanding of the overall ecosystem structure and therefore make better management decisions when creating the monitoring program.

Keywords

Arctic, arthropods, biodiversity, ecological monitoring , habitat based communities