Trophic, Habitat, Disturbance and Conservation Linkages Between Aquatic Communities in Two Connecticut Rivers
i Acknowledgements This dissertation and the many years of work it represents would not have been possible without the participation, help and support of many individuals. Michelle Tipton and Ross Heinemann have been great friends and wonderful colleagues, and I can't imagine my time at Wesleyan without them. This document owes them both -Ross contributed the organic matter, substrate, and GIS data I used, as well as field and bug work. Michelle was my partner in the early days of invertebrate
... ys of invertebrate identification and database management, and was always up for fishing. Thanks to Heather Olin, the first student in the lab to take up with stream ecology, for getting me started down this path. Benthic macroinvertebrate data was collected, processed and identified and field work conducted by numerous patient and talented (and fun!) undergraduates in the lab, too many to name herethank you all. A special thank you goes to Gabrielle Jehle, Megan Hughes, Renee Fortin, Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn, Sarah Donelan, and Nick Fields. We were often joined by undergraduate and graduate students, along with friends from the community, who gamely volunteered for a day of fishing or scrubbing rocks. Having such a supportive group of Bio grad students who understood the strange life of a graduate student was great (thanks Sarah!). I am very thankful to Dr. Scott Reynolds for the bat recording equipment lent and advice freely given. Thanks to Joel Labella for the life support he provided to the older units and for teaching me (patiently) something of electrical connections. Jen Rose, of Wesleyan's Quantitative Analysis Center helped me survive, and succeed, at modeling. Gary Miner from StatSoft took time to help me with the nuts and bolts of data mining. Mike Beauchene from the CT DEEP provided prompt, accurate information about their benthic macroinvertebrate and Fish monitoring programs. I'm so happy to have met many bat researchers over the last couple of years, and appreciate their insights and work on behalf of these amazing creatures; their feedback helped me to further scrutinize, and hopefully, improve my analysis and conclusions.