what you will find on this page:
- Into to Predation Assays
- Why this Experiment?
In addition to her other experiments, Courtney has completed several predation assays. A predation assay is an experiment designed to get an understanding of the predation rate in a habitat. In other words, what and how much is being consumed in an area.
5. Data is recorded on a data sheet, and later turned into a graph to see how predation rate has changed over time.
Why this experiment?
Courtney wanted to get an idea of predation rate on amphipods as it changes throughout the months and how herbivore rate changes during the summer months. This experiment tests the hypothesis: As temperature rises, there will be an increase in predation. Courtney wanted to see if this hypothesis held true on the mudflat she works on. The experiment also answers the questions, "Are amphipods being eaten at different amounts during the year?" and "Does that rate agree with the abundance of predators in the marsh, as well as the abundance of amphipods she collects from Gracilaria?"
The amount remaining of each type (fake, dried amphipod, and herbivory) were averaged for all tidal heights. All three tidal heights show the same thing. The predation rate of the fake pipe cleaners stays at 1, meaning that no predators were eating them. The herbivory rate didn't show much of a change either. The amphipods predation rate did show significant change over time. Below are the results of amphipods consumed on the mudflat from July 2013 to August 2014.
Predation rate of amphipods increases in the summer months, and decreases in the winter months. Why might that be?