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Grasshopper Research

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Grasshopper sitting sideways on stem, mostly grayish green with red edging to back legs.  Photo by  David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
Among an immense variety of research, Dr. Gary Belovsky and his students have been conducting long-term studies of grasshoppers, birds and plants in grasslands at the National Bison Range in Montana for 23 years. Using grasshoppers as a model system for studying basic ecological processes, they study what limits grasshopper populations and the role played by grasshoppers in prairie ecosystems. They work to understand how food and predators influence grasshoppers in combination with varying climate and, in turn, examine how grasshoppers affect nutrient cycling and plant production. This can often benefit the ecosystem, contrary to popular belief. You can access the database for the National Bison Range long-term research in environmental biology.

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Biologist Belovsky’s research offers important clues about grasshopper population explosions  

Facts About Grasshopper Research

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Dr. Gary Belovsky, Professor, Gillen Chair and Director of UNDERC



Department of Biological Sciences
094 Galvin Life Sciences,
P.O. Box 369
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5645
Email: belovsky.1@nd.edu
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Page Photo Credits — Grasshopper. ©David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2013
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