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Ecological Niche Lab

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Data Collection and Processing Elevation at 2.9m: Table 1: The table above shows the x and y coordinates of the graph from the Picture at 2.9m of elevation Figure 1: The graph below shows the distribution of Individuals for the Elevation of 2.9m. Diagram 1: The photo below is with analysis from the software of logger pro showing the points and the scale portraying Acorn Barnacles. Elevation at 1.8m: Table 2: The table above shows the x and y coordinates of the elevation at 1.8m. Figure 2: The graph below shows the distribution for the organisms at the elevation of 1.8m. Diagram 2: The picture below shows the photo with analysis and how the specie was counted for at a 1.8m of elevation showing Acorn Barnacles. Elevation at 1.0m: Figure 3: The graph below shows the distribution of the individual at 1.0m of elevation. ...read more.

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In conclusion, when the pictures were examined, there was some of whose data could not be collected because of the visibility of the images. The Data of only one specie for the pictures that were visible properly were taken, because the Acorn Barnacle and the California Mussel were never together in one picture. In summary, one could say from the results that Acorn Barnacles are more visible in these elevations shown in seven pictures. This is because Acorn Barnacles is more common than California Mussel as it does not need rocks to cling to. California Mussel are 13-18cm, and can be defined as being bigger than Acorn Barnacles meaning California Mussels take more space. For example, if the density of both were to be collected over the same amount of area, and both covering the same area; California Mussels would be an inferior amount to that of Acorn Barnacles simply because of their sizes. ...read more.

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Logger Pro is a software usually to analyze videos in a slow pace. Yet, in this age in time it would be a good way of using it for the lab except for the fact that its y-coordinates for each of the elevations' data is always negative. This would create another problem; when for example two individuals of the same kind were on the same x or y-axis and respectively different for the other, it would have an impact on the graph. Moreover, numerous improvements could be made for next time in order to make the lab better. When different pictures were taken at different elevations, and as the photos move both vertically and horizontally, it should rather just move vertically so that the same type of species and/or organisms can be examined. Better software can be used to analyze data such as this in order to make the results better and more understandable. In order to obtain better results, or maybe do a more in-depth research, more transects could be analyzed. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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