Measuring Plant Diversity: Lessons from the Field

Hardcover | January 4, 2007

byThomas J. Stohlgren

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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 speciesdistributions 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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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 speciesdistributions have become fine-grained, as it ...

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.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:408 pages, 5.98 × 9.29 × 0.79 inPublished:January 4, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195172337

ISBN - 13:9780195172331

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Table of Contents

DedicationForewordPrefaceAcknowledgementsPart I: The Past and Present1. Introduction2. History and Background, Baggage and Direction3. A Framework for the Design of Plant Diversity StudiesPart II: An Experimental Approach to Sampling4. Single-scale Sampling5. Multi-scale Sampling6. Comparing Multi-scale Sampling Designs - Taking an Experimental Approach7. Case Study: Comparing Rangeland Vegetation Sampling TechniquesPart III: Scaling to Landscapes8. Case Study on Multi-phase and Multi-scale Sampling9. Case Study: Designing a Monitoring Program for Assessing Patterns of Plant Diversity in Forests Nationwide10. Case Study: Patterns of Plant Invasions in Forests and Grasslands11. Case Study: Evaluating the Effects of Grazing and Soil Characteristics on Plant Diversity12. Case Study: Assessments of Plant Diversity in Arid LandscapesPart IV: Modeling Patterns of Plant Diversity13. Non-Spatial Statistical Modeling of Plant Diversity14. Spatial Analysis and Modeling, Part V: Monitoring Plant Diversity15. Concepts for Assessing Temporal Changes in Plant Diversity16. Case Study: Monitoring Shifts in Plant Diversity in Response to Climate ChangePart VI: Research Needs17. Case Study: Testing a Nested-Intensity Sampling Design18. Quantifying Trends in Space And TimeGlossaryReferences

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"If you need to measure the diversity of plants (or other taxa for that matter), the many lessons in this book should not be ignored." -- The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 83
"Well written 'how to' book on current techniques to measure plant diversity in space and time...An indispensable resource for all science libraries."--CHOICE
"This is an indispensable resource for all science libraries."--Choice