Tree National Park is home to a desert ecosystem, which also includes
several freshwater ecosystems , natural and man-made, that become inundated
in the winter and spring or from natural underground springs .
Animals in search of water as well as park visitors are frequent visitors
to these habitats, which are only a short walk or hike from nearby parking,
picnic, or campground areas. Thus, making these vital freshwater habitats
areas of high foot traffic and succeptible to habitat destruction.
We are conducting
an exploratory survey in JTNP desert freshwater habitats in an
effort to create a comprehensive list of nematode species from
springs, oases, and man-made reservoirs. Species diversity will
be examined to better understand the soil fauna present.
Collected specimens will also be
used for two different identification systems 1)
DNA barcoding and 2) an online
point-and-click pictorial key to JTNP nematodes to assist
non-experts with identifcations of nematodes from Joshua Tree.
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