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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

Alice S. Hunter

First Committee Member

Dale McNeal

Second Committee Member

Lee Christianson


Recently the uniqueness of the vernal pool habitat has been recognized by several groups of biologists. A survey of the literature reveals that interest of botanists, but one notes a lack of information of plankton which are so fundamental in the food web. Therefore, a taxonomic survey of the plankton seems appropriate. In the present study, the abundance of the predominant species of plankton were studied during a seasonal and also diurnal cycle. A possible correlation of this information with some physicochemical factors was also tested. Because of time constraints this study was limited to one pool but hopefully other researchers will extend this work in the future.



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