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An Analysis of Asian Jumping Worms, Ticks, and How Microclimate Contributes To Their Success In Invasive and Non-Invasive Ecosystems

In this study, we will be measuring the climatic conditions in managed and unmanaged invasive plant thickets and comparing that to an unimpacted control plot in the Westfield State Experimental Forest. Ticks and Asian jumping worms will be counted in each plot weekly to determine correlation and trends between their presence and ecosystem microclimate.

Jack Duncan '22, Casey Noyes '22,  Caitlin Rachmaciej '22
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