Capstone/Dissertation Title

Earthworms in our community

Term

2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Abstract

The topics addressed in this project were discovery and education of the earthworms in our community. This capstone outlines the advantages and disadvantages of earthworms, the vectors of transmittance, and the study site characteristics. This study was integrated into a classroom curriculum with students and the author as participants. It was also done in collaboration with Great Lakes Worm Watch, which processed the data and used it for their databases. The study site was heavily invaded with the European variety of earthworms but lacked any of the Asian species. This allowed an educational opportunity for the garden to prevent introduction of this species. Limitations and improvements are discussed and is concluded that education provides the best tool for limiting the spread of these non-native invasive species into our Northwood's.

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