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Healthy, functioning soils are rich with soil organisms including oribatid mites. These mites are typically the most abundant arthropod in the soil and a strong indicator of soil health. In the OSR, energy sector activities disturb soils in a number of ways, for example: soil compaction from vehicle and foot traffic; removal of soil during mining activities; and replacement of soils during construction of well pads, industrial complexes and road networks. This study investigated how oribatid mite communities are affected by energy sector activities in the OSR.
Boreal Elephant-ear Mite (Galumna sp. 1 DEW) is associated with energy-related activities in the OSR.
For complete results see: Lumley. L.M., E.T. Azeria, V.A. Giacobbo, and T.P. Cobb. 2023. Effects of natural land cover, anthropogenic disturbance, space, and climate on oribatid mite communities in Canada’s oil sands region. Diversity 2023, 15, 469. https://doi.org/10.3390/d15040469
Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute. 2014. Terrestrial field data collection protocols (abridged version) 2014-03-21. Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, Alberta, Canada. Report available at: https://www.abmi.ca/home/publications/1-50/46.html
Walter, D.E., S. Latonas, K. Byers, and L.M. Lumley. 2014. Almanac of Alberta Oribatida, part l, v2.4. Edmonton, Alberta. 542pp. Online access: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/352842283_Almanac_of_Alberta_Oribatida_Part_I_Version_24
Walter D.E. and L.M. Lumley. 2021. Almanac of Alberta Acari, part ll, version 3.0. Edmonton, Alberta. 192pp. Online access: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354269381_Almanac_of_Alberta_Acari_Part_II_Version_30
Lumley. L.M., E.T. Azeria, V.A. Giacobbo, and T.P. Cobb. 2023. Effects of natural land cover, anthropogenic disturbance, space, and climate on oribatid mite communities in Canada’s oil sands region. Diversity 2023, 15, 469. https://doi.org/10.3390/d15040469
Lupardus, R.C., J.P. Battigelli, A. Janz, and L.M. Lumley. 2021. Can soil invertebrates indicate well pad reclamation success on cultivated lands? Soil & Tillage Research 213:105082. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2021.105082
Meehan, M.L., Z. Song, L.M. Lumley, T.P. Cobb, and H. Proctor. 2019. Soil mites as bioindicators of disturbance in the boreal forest in northern Alberta, Canada: Testing taxonomic sufficiency at multiple taxonomic levels. Ecological Indicators 102:349-365. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.02.043
McAdams, B.N., S.A. Quideau, M.J.B. Swallow, and L.M. Lumley. 2018. Oribatid mite recovery along a chronosequence of afforested boreal sites following oil sands mining. Forest Ecology and Management 422:281-293. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.04.034
Walter, D.E. and S. Latonas. 2013. A review of the ecology and distribution of Protoribates (Oribatida, Oripodoidea, Haplozetidae) in Alberta, Canada, with the description of a new species. Zootaxa 3620:483-499. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3620.3.9
Mites of Alberta webinar. Available to view at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moAkFhKyKYk