We are interested in the ecological and entomological aspects of treeholes. Past studies asked how the surface area and depth of the tree hole affects abiotic factors in treeholes, and how those abiotic factors affected the diversity of insects living in the treeholes. We are beginning a study on the microbial and fungal diversity in treeholes--click on the link to learn more about it. Our main focus for the next 3 years (2004-2006) will be on the interplay between bottom-up factors (e.g., food or nutrient availability) and top-down factors (e.g., predators) on processing chains. A processing chain occurs when a resource, in this case leaf litter, changes states in a predictable and directional fashion. Leaf litter breaks down over time, and different insects specialize on the different states of leaf litter breakdown. Their interactions may be dependent on this processing chain, and the amount of litter, or food, available, and the presence of a top predator may affect these interactions.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DEB - 0315208. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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