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Students, faculty, and Bath community members are working to accumulate long-term, baseline data on water quality, biological diversity, and climate of the preserve, as part of a world-wide network of field stations. Such information will improve our capacity to monitor the Cuyahoga Valley watershed, and will allow a better understanding of our environment. Work to date in the preserve has focused primarily on the ecology of salamanders, wetland plants, small mammals, and grassland communities of the preserve.


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General Field Station Publications


An Operations Manual for Field Stations and Marine Laboratories

[Document prepared by the Organization of Biological Field Stations for individual station use.]


The Role of Biological Field Stations in Education and Recruitment into the Biological Sciences

[Report of the NSF-sponsored workshop, "Education and Recruitment in the Biological Sciences:  Potential Role of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories," Washington, D.C., February 11-12, 2002.]



Publications Utilizing the Field Station and Bath Nature Preserve


Fraser, L. H., and E. B. Madson.  2008.  The interacting effects of herbivore exclosures and seed addition in a wet meadow.  Oikos 117:1057-1063.


Patrick, L. B., L. H. Fraser, and M. W. Kershner.  In Press.  Large-scale manipulation of plant litter and fertilizer in a managed successional temperate grassland.  Plant Ecology.


Boutry, C., and T. A. Blackledge.  In Press.  The common house spider alters the material and mechanical properties of cobweb silk in response to different prey.  Journal of Experimental Zoology.


Zevenbergen, J. M., N. K. Schneider, and T. A. Blackledge.  In Press.  Fine dining or fortress?  Functional shifts in spider web architecture by the western black widow, Latrodectus hesperus.  Animal Behavior.


Patrick, L. B., N. Dupérré, and C. D. Dondale.  2008.  Review of the Nearctic genus Scyletria Bishop & Crosby (Araneae, Linyphiidae), with a transfer of S. jona to Mermessus O. Pickard-Cambridge.  Zootaxa 1744:31-40.  (Full-text PDF file)


Maruyama, M., L. B. Patrick, and J. Klimaszewski.  2008.  First record of the genus Myrmedonota Cameron (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) from North America, with descriptions of two new species.  Zootaxa 1716:35-43.  (Full-text PDF file)


Picard, C.R., Fraser, L.H. and Steer, D. 2005. The interacting effects of temperature and plant community type on nutrient removal in wetland microcosms. Bioresource Technology 96: 1039-1047.


Steer, D. Fraser, L.H. and Siebert, B. 2005. Cell-to-cell pollution reduction effectiveness of domestic treatment wetlands. Bioresource Technology 96: 969-976.


Miletti, T., Carlyle, C., Picard, Landaw, A., and Fraser, L.H. 2005. Hydrology, water chemistry and vegetation characteristics of a tamarack bog in Bath Township, Ohio. Ohio Journal of Science 105: 21-30.


Fraser, L.H. and Karnezis, J.P. 2005. A comparative assessment of seedling survival and biomass accumulation for fourteen wetland plant species grown under minor water-depth differences. Wetlands 25: 520-530.


Fraser, L.H. and Feinstein, L.M. 2005. Effects of mycorrhizal inoculant, N:P supply ration, and water level on the growth and biomass allocation of three wetland plant species. Canadian Journal of Botany 83: 1117-1125.


Fraser, L.H., Carty, S., Picard, C. and Steer, D. 2004. Phytoremediation: wetland plants and their relative efficiency at treating agricultural runoff. Recent Res. Develop. Crop Sci. 1: 379-391.


Fraser, L.H., Carty, S. and Steer, D.N. 2004. A test of four plant species to reduce total nitrogen and total phosphorus from soil leachate in subsurface wetland microcosms. Bioresource Technology 94(2): 185-192.


Keddy, P. and Fraser, L.H. 2003. The management of wetlands for biological diversity. In Modern Trends in Applied Aquatic Ecology (Ed R.S.Ambasht and N.K.Ambasht), pp 21-42, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.


Steer, D., Aseltyne, T. and Fraser, L.H. 2003. Life-cycle economic model of small treatment wetlands for domestic wastewater disposal. Ecological Economics 44: 359-369.


Fraser, L.H., Bradford, M.E. and Steer D.N. 2003. Human appropriation and treatment of fresh water: a global hydrology model incorporating treatment wetlands. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 2: 174-183.


Steer, D., Fraser, L.H., Boddy, J. and Seibert, B. 2002. Efficiency of small constructed wetlands for subsurface treatment of single family domestic effluent. Ecological Engineering 18: 429-440.


Miller, SR, R Gaebel, RJ Mitchell, M Arduser. 2002. Occurrence of two species of old world bees, Anthidium manicatum and A. oblongatum (Apoidea: Megachilidae) in northern Ohio and southern Michigan. Great Lakes Entomologist 35:65-69.


Wallace, RL, Ott, D.W., S.L. Stiles, & C.K. Oldham-Ott. 2001. Bed and Breakfast: the parasitic life of Proales werneckii (Ploimida: Proalidae) within the alga Vaucheria (Xanthophyceae: Vaucheriales). Hydrobiologica 446/447: 129-137



Funded Projects Utilizing the Field Station and Bath Nature Preserve

A total of 15 grants (11 of them extramural), worth over $4 million have been awarded in the past 8 years.


2007.  R. Mitchell.  Renovation of field station building for teaching and research use:  Bath Field Station, University of Akron.  National Science Foundation.  ($271,612)


2005. T. Blackledge.  Acquisition of a dynamic nano-force tensile test system for ultrathin fibers with environmental control and integrated image analysis.  National Science Foundation.  ($337,345)


2005. T. Blackledge. Araneid phylogeny and evolution of spider silk phenotypes.  National Science Foundation.  ($297,990)


2004.  L. Fraser. Evaluate hydrology in wetlands for vital signs.  U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service.  ($76,664)


2004.  L. Fraser. Wetland monitoring protocol for indicators of ecosystem health, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio.  U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service.  ($49,056)


2003.  M. Oberst. Enrichment program that pairs high school students, especially women and students of diverse cultures, with area high school teachers, university students, and professors.  Muehlstein Foundation, Muehlstein Academy of Science.  ($1,500,000)


2003.  L. Fraser. Developing indicators for the assessment of wetland health in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service.  ($91,425)


2001.  P. Niewiarowski. Graduate students researching at BNP bring their research to K-12 classrooms.  National Science Foundation.  ($1,169,324)


2001.  L. Fraser. Trophic dynamics in grasslands.  University of Akron Research II Initiative.  ($7,000)


2001.  L. Fraser. Interactive effects of hydrology and fertility on synthesized wetland plant communities.  US Geological Survey.  ($38,393)


2000.  L. Fraser. Building a plant-trait database: towards a wetland restoration model.  University of Akron Summer Research Fellowship.  ($8000 + and additional $2000)


2000.  L. Fraser.  Plant growth chamber.  University of Akron Research II Initiative.  ($10,000)


2000.  L. Fraser (co-PI). Evaluation of NPS built wetlands as a BMP for septage and acid mine drainage in Ohio.  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  ($481,730)


1999. S. Weeks and R. Mitchell (with M. Tumeo and B. Walton, Cleveland State University).  FSML: Collaborative planning for the Woodlake Environmental and Bath Field Stations.  National Science Foundation.  ($23,864)










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