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Theresa Portante

Graduate Student (MS)

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Theresa Portante earned her BS from the Department of Biology at Framingham State College in 2007. She is currently an MS candidate in the Landscape Ecology Lab in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Theresa's thesis research is entitled: Evaluation of ecological integrity of forested wetlands in Massachusetts.

Theresa's research is part of the CAPS project, where she is attempting to psuedo-validate the CAPS GIS-based index of ecological integrity (IEI) in forested wetlands. Specifically, she is collecting data on a broad spectrum of taxa (vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, diatoms, and macro-invertebrates) across a gradient of sites that vary in predicted ecological integrity. Using the field data, she is constructing a variety of published indices of biotic integrity (IBI) to determine whether the CAPS IEI relates to these previously published indices, as a means of psuedo-validating IEI. In addition, she is constructing an IBI from the field data that maximally relates to the CAPS IEI, as a means of verifying IEI and as the basis for constructing a site-level assessment method (SLAM) for forested wetlands.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kevin McGarigal
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
304 Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
Box 34210, Amherst, MA 01003
Fax: (413) 545-4358; Phone: (413) 577-0655
Email: mcgarigalk@eco.umass.edu

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