Biodiversity Studies in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Barrens Habitat Invertebrate Study: Year 3
Funded by PA Wild Resource Conservation Fund. The invertebrates and associated flora of six different types of barrens communities have been documented in the field (1996-1997). During 1998 Museum experts will determine and database the extensive collections now being prepared in order to assess differences and similarities among these habitats. The study will improve understanding of these unusual communities and will address how to effectively manage and maintain the unique biodiversity they contain. Collaboration with Botany at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and The Nature Conservancy.
Pittsburgh BioBlitz '98
A 24-hour biological survey of Pittsburgh's Frick Park to focus media and public attention on biodiversity, 15 May 1998. A total of 1,164 species were documented in Pittsburgh's Riverview Park during the Pittsburgh BioBlitz '97, including a rare species of longhorn beetle, Obrium rubidum (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Of all species found, 64% were invertebrates in the Riverview Survey, and 55% were insects (of which 30% were beetles). Because most of life on Earth is invertebrate, most invertebrates are arthropods, most arthropods are insects, and most insects are beetles! Carnegie Museum of Natural History entomologists will have their hands full, especially the coleopterists!