The aims of this project are to understand the impact of environmental warming and temperature variation on larval dragonflies. Two aspects of larvae ecology will be measured: 1) how warming affects larval growth rates and 2) the effect of warming and variation on inter- and intra-specific larval interactions. Results from these experiments will help us predict how future aquatic communities may respond to predicted increases in temperature and extreme temperature variation due to climate change. The species used in these experiments will be: Leucorrhinia intacta, Libellula luctuosa, Libellula pulchella, Plathemis lydia, Erythemis simplicicollis, Epithica canis, and Epithica cyanosura.
Principal Investigator: Shannon McCauley