Thesis Title

A Vegetative Analysis of Hercules Glades Wilderness

Date of Graduation

Summer 1981

Degree

Master of Science in Biology

Department

Biology

Committee Chair

Paul Redfearn

Subject Categories

Biology

Abstract

Cedar glades of Southwest Missouri were studied quantitatively. The Bray-Curtis ordination technique of indirect gradient analysis was applied to the sample plot data in an attempt to determine whether sites located on varying percent slope, exposure, aspect, or stage of successful would group together. In addition, the field data was analyzed to determine whether the understory vegetation was a reliable indicator of Ecological Land Types established primarily on the basis of physiography and arboreal vegetation. Though the "cedar glades" did generally group together in the ordination models, no sub-set reflecting Ecological Land Types was apparent for arboreal or understory species. However, within the limits of this study, the understory vegetation ordination model closely correlates with the models derived for the arboreal vegetation.

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© Janet L Hicks

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