Plant Ecology

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List of Papers (Total 90)

Regional variation in Caribbean dry forest tree species composition

How does tree species composition vary in relation to geographical and environmental gradients in a globally rare tropical/subtropical broadleaf dry forest community in the Caribbean? We analyzed data from 153 Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plots from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), along with 42 plots that we sampled in the Bahamian Archipelago (on Abaco and ...

Phylogenetic gradient analysis: environmental drivers of phylogenetic variation across ecological communities

Differences in species composition across ecological communities are the result of multiple interacting mechanisms. Gradient analysis has been perhaps the most widely used statistical framework in describing how ecological communities vary in space, and aiding in determining the causes underlying these patterns. Direct gradient analysis allows the use of predictors such as ...

Origin of the dust bunny distribution in ecological community data

The distribution of sample units in multivariate species space typically departs strongly from the multivariate normal distribution. Instead of forming a hyperellipse in species space, the sample points tend to lie along high-dimensional edges of the space. This dust bunny distribution is seen in most ecological community datasets. The practical consequences of the distribution to ...

Season of fire manipulates bud bank dynamics in northern mixed-grass prairie

In perennial grassland dominated systems, belowground bud banks regulate plant community dynamics. Plant community responses to disturbance are largely driven by the ability to generate future aboveground growth originating from belowground axillary buds. This study examined bud bank dynamics for Bouteloua gracilis, Hesperostipa comata, and Pascopyrum smithii following fire in ...

Topics in constrained and unconstrained ordination

In this paper, we reflect on a number of aspects of ordination methods: how should absences be treated in ordination and how do model-based methods, including Gaussian ordination and methods using generalized linear models, relate to the usual least-squares (eigenvector) methods based on (log−) transformed data. We defend detrended correspondence analysis by theoretical arguments ...

Principal component analysis with missing values: a comparative survey of methods

Principal component analysis (PCA) is a standard technique to summarize the main structures of a data table containing the measurements of several quantitative variables for a number of individuals. Here, we study the case where some of the data values are missing and propose a review of methods which accommodate PCA to missing data. In plant ecology, this statistical challenge ...