|Title||Diatom and protozoan community analysis and colonization on artificial substrates in lentic habitats|
|Year of Publication||1985|
|Degree||Doctor of Philosophy|
|University||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University|
The purpose of this research was to examine the colonization process and relationship of physico-chemical parameters to diatom and protozoan communities colonizing polyurethane foam (PF) artificial substrates in lentic habitats. This was the first study to utilize multivariate techniques for comparison of protozoan and diatom communities. The following hypotheses were examined in this study: 1. diatom and protozoan species accrual is similar because the organisms are approximately the same size and share similar ecological conditions, 2. protozoan asemblages are influenced by the physico-chemical parameters of their environment, and 3. diatoms and photosynthetic protozoans are more closely related to the physico-chemical parameters of their environment than are the protozoans of all trophic groups.