the Biological Survey
About the Canadian Fauna
of Canadian Grasslands
Native grasslands are one of the most recognizable biomes in Canada, one of the most altered by human activity, and one of the most endangered. Grasslands are also among the most incompletely studied biomes in terms of their animal biodiversity. Other than a few pest species, the arthropods of Canada's grasslands have been virtually ignored, despite the crucial role they play in maintaining the ecological balance of these ecosystems. The primary goal of the Grasslands Project is to coordinate research on the diversity, ecology and impacts of the arthropods of Canadian grasslands. The project involves a large number of specialists with expertise on different taxa, in different geographic regions, and with different research interests.Given the high diversity of grassland arthropod taxa, the wide range of ecological conditions, and the breadth of human impacts and ecological change in grasslands, the focus and products of the Grasslands Project will be equally diverse. As with any comprehensive biological study, the project will require basic research on the diversity and distribution of selected taxa of grassland arthropods. More comprehensive ecological studies on selected grassland habitats or regions are also feasible. Finally, grassland ecosystems provide an excellent opportunity to study the effects of human activity on the native flora and fauna, as well as the effects of arthropods on human activities
The first major volume is Arthropods of Canadian grasslands: ecology and interactions in grassland habitats, edited by J.D. Shorthouse, and K.D. Floate. The focus of the chapters in this volume is the ecological relationships and interactions of arthropods in selected grassland habitats. This volume was published in 2010.
The second volume, Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands. Inhabitants of a Changing Landscape, provides general information on the arthropods of Canada's prairie grassland habitats altered by human activity. These activities, primarily agriculture and livestock production, have affected virtually all of Canada's grasslands to varying degrees. Most chapters summarize the arthropod communities in a given agro-ecosystem or habitat type, and describe the ecological roles of the most significant members in these communities.
Volume III, Biodiversity of Arthropods in Canadian Grasslands, will have a taxonomic focus and will include extensive species' checklists and faunistic analyses of select arthropod groups.
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This page last updated 02/08/2012