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A water and Soil Analysis to Assess Vulnerability of Biodiversity, of a Campus Riparian Zone, to Human Activities

Student(s):Jayci Robbins, Isa Rodriguez. Emily Torres, Luca Ferrara, Izzy Almas, Lael Alvarado, Ty Cleveland, Andrew Jones
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
GLOBE Teacher:Joe Ferrara
Contributors:Dr. Joe Ferrara, Mr. Greg Nowlin
Report Type(s):U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS)
Protocols:Dissolved Oxygen, Freshwater Macroinvertebrates, Nitrates, pH, Soil Characterization, Soil Moisture - Gravimetric, Soil Moisture - SMAP Block Pattern
Date Submitted:06/28/2023
Riparian zones are important ecosystems with high ecological value. The health of these ecosystems is important for the organisms that live there. Our campus RANGE contains a riparian zone and this study focused on collecting soil, water, and macroinvertebrate data from 3 separate sites to assess its health and thus the biodiversity of the habitat. Our results indicated human activities impacting Dissolved Oxygen levels as well as a macroinvertebrates diversity that allowed us to determine the quality of water which ranged from excellent to poor across the study site.