Adventure Ecology Trips--Island Biogeography

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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Island Biogeography Theory focuses on the factors that affect the species richness of islands and other isolated geographic areas.  Join SLA Conservation Intern Caroline Hughes on Friday August 1st from 10 am-12 pm for a discussion of Island Biogeography Theory and a paddle to Moon and Bowman Islands, where surveys of species richness will be conducted.

The basic principles of Island Biogeography theory help to explain the colonization of isolated areas.  They can help to explain which species are more likely to be found on islands than others, why certain islands host more species than others, and why certain species may only be found  on specific islands.

During this excursion, participants will learn the basic principles of Island Biogeography Theory and will focus on the factors that influence species richness in isolated areas. Participants will help to create an inventory of the plant and animal species found on Moon Island and Bowman Island and will compare the species richness of these two islands to that of the mainland in order to determine if the principles of Island Biogeography Theory hold true for the islands on Squam Lake.

Learn more about Caroline here.

Participation is free but limited to eight. If needed, the SLA will provide a canoe or kayak. Please call or email to reserve your spot (603-968-7336; 

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The SLA will offer a number of other guided Adventure Ecology trips on Fridays throughout the summer. Visit the SLA calendar to learn more.