Nicolette A. Engelmeier, Brigid Maeve Morgan
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The solar array at Curran Place in Dayton, Ohio is home to many communities of pollinators and wildlife in the restorative prairie that was planted under the panels in 2019. My research aims to answer the following questions: What is the composition of pollinators using this solar prairie? How are the solar panels affecting the pollinators? Routine maintenance of the solar prairie may also be affecting the pollinator community. The results of my research will be able to show how renewable and sustainable energy resources are impacting the wildlife in the area. So far, it seems like the distribution and abundance of pollinators differ between locations in between rows of solar panels and outside of the panels, but solar panels are not harmful to the pollinators. Instead, the area under the panels went from being unused to a pollinator habitat.
Kathleen A. Kargl, Chelse M. Prather
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Cities and Communities; Life on Land
"Ain't no sunshine when they're gone: Pollinators in a solar prairie" (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2416.