Research Project Title

Functional Microbial Diversity in Lake Arthur, Spokane, Washington

Session Type

Poster Presentation

Research Project Abstract

Ecosystem health depends, in part, on microbial community diversity. Microbial diversity can vary between habitat types, including between river and lake systems. Upwelling in Lake Arthur, located on Gonzaga University’s campus, is indicative of water exchange between the Spokane River and the lake, by way of the culverts that connect them. If there is a large amount of water exchange occurring between the river and the lake, there should also be exchange of microbiological communities. EcoPlates were used to quantify the differences in functional diversity between the Spokane River and Lake Arthur. Understanding the microbial community differences and similarities between these two systems may allow us to identify drivers of ecosystem processes in Lake Arthur.

Session Number

PS1

Location

HUB Multipurpose Room

Abstract Number

PS1-r

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Functional Microbial Diversity in Lake Arthur, Spokane, Washington

HUB Multipurpose Room

Ecosystem health depends, in part, on microbial community diversity. Microbial diversity can vary between habitat types, including between river and lake systems. Upwelling in Lake Arthur, located on Gonzaga University’s campus, is indicative of water exchange between the Spokane River and the lake, by way of the culverts that connect them. If there is a large amount of water exchange occurring between the river and the lake, there should also be exchange of microbiological communities. EcoPlates were used to quantify the differences in functional diversity between the Spokane River and Lake Arthur. Understanding the microbial community differences and similarities between these two systems may allow us to identify drivers of ecosystem processes in Lake Arthur.