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dc.contributor.authorRuiz, Alina Marcela
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T02:52:21Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T02:52:21Z
dc.date.issued2007-12
dc.identifier.otherruiz_alina_m_200712_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/ruiz_alina_m_200712_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/24482
dc.description.abstractThe rapid growth of urban areas is largely responsible for simultaneous increases in demand for potable water and habitat loss for wildlife. Constructed wetlands are an efficient way for growing communities to reclaim wastewater for reuse while providing potential wildlife habitat. However, discharging treated wastewater into wetlands may expose animals to pollutants, as well as unnatural temperature and nutrient gradients. My thesis examines diversity and performance of anuran tadpoles at Panhandle Road Constructed Wetlands in Clayton County, Georgia. I compared diversity, size at metamorphosis, and prevalence of visible abnormalities of tadpoles from PRCW and reference ponds that do not receive treated wastewater. In comparison to reference ponds, diversity and size at metamorphosis was similar or larger at PRCW. However, tadpoles in ponds initially receiving treated wastewater showed delayed development and visible symptoms of a novel hypercalcification disorder, suggesting that recognition of treatment wetlands as suitable wildlife habitat may be premature.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectConstructed Wetlands
dc.subjectAmphibians
dc.subjectWastewater Treatment
dc.subjectContaminants
dc.subjectRana catesbeiana
dc.subjectNutrient Gradient
dc.subjectSpecies Diversity
dc.subjectTadpole Development
dc.subjectSoft-tissue mineralization
dc.subjectHypercalcification
dc.titleAn assessment of a constructed wastewater treatment wetland complex as urban amphibian habitat
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentForest Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorJohn C. Maerz
dc.description.committeeJohn C. Maerz
dc.description.committeeMichael J. Conroy
dc.description.committeeAaron T. Fisk
dc.description.committeeLawrence A. Morris


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