The diversity of plant species associated with pocket gopher mound disturbance was examined at Frenchman’s Bluff, a prairie on a hill in northwestern Minnesota. Species richness and evenness between disturbed and undisturbed portions of a study area were investigated. An application of the Shannon diversity index to the collected data reveals greater diversity in areas with evidence of pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius) activity.
Akhter, Zoha; Gilliksen, Lorene; Swisher, Nick; Sosa, Tim.
Gopher disturbance and plant diversity in prairie communities.
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