Research in my laboratory examines factors regulating invertebrate communities in aquatic habits (wetlands, streams, and ponds). Invertebrates are important in diets of waterfowl, shorebirds, and gamefish, and some projects have studied aquatic invertebrate responses to wetland management practices. I also study mosquito ecology to develop control methods that do not adversely affect aquatic ecosystems. Other research projects have examined invertebrate communities in restored aquatic habitats, and have determined how factors such as food resources, hydrology, and plant structure affect wetland insect communities.
de Szalay, F.A. and V.H. Resh. 2000. Factors influencing macroinvertebrate colonization of seasonal wetlands: responses to emergent plant cover. Freshw. Biol. 45: 295-308
de Szalay, F.A., N.H. Euliss, and D.P. Batzer. 1999. Seasonal and semipermanent wetlands of California; invertebrate community ecology and responses to management methods. pp 829-855 in Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands of North America: Ecology and Management. (ed. by D.P. Batzer, R.B. Rader, S.A. Wissenger). John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, NY.
de Szalay, F.A., and V.H. Resh. 1997. Responses of wetland invertebrates and plants important in waterfowl diets to burning and mowing of emergent vegetation. Wetlands 17:149-156.
Batzer, D.P., F.A. de Szalay, and V.H. Resh. 1997. Opportunistic response of a benthic midge (Diptera: Chironomidae) to management of California seasonal wetlands. Environ. Entomol. 26:215-222.
de Szalay, F.A., and V.H. Resh. 1996. Spatial and temporal variability of trophic relationships among aquatic macroinvertebrates in a seasonal marsh. Wetlands 16:458-466.
de Szalay, F.A., D.P. Batzer, and V.H. Resh. 1996. Mesocosm and macrocosm experiments to examine effects of mowing emergent vegetation on wetland invertebrates. Environ. Entomol. 25:303-309.
de Szalay, F.A., D.P. Batzer, E.B. Schlossberg, and V.H. Resh. 1995. A comparison of small and large scale experiments examining the effects of wetland management practices an mosquito densities. Proc. Calif. Mosq. Vector Control Assoc. 63:86-90.