A Vegetative Analysis of Hercules Glades Wilderness
Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Biology
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.
© Janet L Hicks
Hicks, Janet L., "A Vegetative Analysis of Hercules Glades Wilderness" (1981). MSU Graduate Theses. 639.