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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Analysis

Reader 1

Dr. Char Miller

Reader 2

Dr. Marc Los Huertos

Reader 3

Dr. Charlotte Chang

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Prairies were once the largest ecosystem in North America, but agriculture and settlement has destroyed up to 99% of their pre-colonization extent. Prairie restorations are a strategy to recover the biodiversity and carbon sequestration functions of these grasslands, but typically occur in isolated strips between agricultural fields. My thesis analyzes how effective prairie restorations in the Liberty Prairie (northeastern Illinois) are at recovering the diversity of the prairie soil microbiome, focusing on verrucomicrobia abundance, alpha diversity, and soil physical characteristics.