Measuring Plant Diversity: Lessons from the Field

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Oxford University Press, Nov 16, 2006 - Science - 408 pages
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Ecologists interested in assessing landscapes and ecosystems must measure biomass, cover, and the density or frequency of various key species. Recently, sampling designs for measuring species richness and diversity, patterns of plant diversity, species-environment relationships, and species distributions have become fine-grained, as it has become increasingly important to accurately map and assess rare species for conservation. This book lays out the range of current methods for mapping and measuring species diversity, for field ecologists, resource managers, conservation biologist, and students, as a tool kit for future measurements of plant diversity.
 

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This is an excellent graduate/advanced undergraduate-level text. I highly recomend it.

Contents

AN EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH TO SAMPLING
71
SCALING TO LANDSCAPES
139
MODELING PATTERNS OF PLANT DIVERSITY
237
MONITORING PLANT DIVERSITY
271
RESEARCH NEEDS
305
Glossary
341
References
343
Index
375
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Thomas J. Stohlgren is Invasive Species Science Branch Chief, U.S. Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center, and Senior Scientist and Affiliate Faculty Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University.

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