Date of Award

Summer 1990

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Biological Sciences



Committee Director

Harold G. Marshall

Committee Member

William Dunstan

Committee Member

Kneeland Nesius

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.B46 P55


A twelve month study was conducted on the phytoplankton of Lake Drummond and Washington and Jericho Ditches from December 1988 to November 1989. Surface water samples were collected for nutrient and chlorophyll analysis from June 1989 to November 1989. The dominant phytoplankton component was the pico-nanoplankton (< 3 micron) category. A total of 57 species were identified from Lake Drummond, 51 species from Washington Ditch, and 31 species from the Jericho Ditch. Three major phytoplankton groups were identified at these sites: bacillariophyceans, cyanophyceans and cryptophyceans. The dominant species was the diatom Asterionella formosa. Nutrient and chlorophyll concentrations increased from summer to fall. Based on nutrient and chlorophyll g concentrations and species diversity indices, Lake Drummond is classified as eutrophic.


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