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Accession: PLT-GCET-0608 GCE Research Theme: Plant Ecology (Graduate Thesis Study)
Contributors: Amy E. Kunza Vargas, Steve Pennings
Title: Plant richness survey of mainland, barrier island and back-barrier hammock island locations around Sapelo Island and St. Simons Island, Georgia, in June-July 2005
Abstract: I conducted a plant richness survey of 59 sites around Sapelo Island and St. Simons Island, Georgia, in June-July 2005. Sites were chosen to include a range of mainland, barrier island, and back-barrier hammock island locations. All sites were dominated by salt marsh plant species, primarily Spartina alterniflora. To provide a general indication of the salinity conditions prevailing at each site, I measured salinity of the nearest body of water with a refractometer on the date that the site was sampled. Plant richness was documented along a single 5.0m wide transect at each site. Each transect began at the lower elevational limit of vegetation and continued perpendicular to the water's edge to the shrub community at the upper marsh border. Plant presence was noted in a series of nested subplots within a 1.0m x 5.0m plot at each meter along the transect. The results posted here are sites, position, salinity, and the site pool, or species encountered at the site.
DOI: 10.6073/pasta/226fed5ae834d3af215ddb269b7a6399
Key Words: barrier island, community composition, hammock, marshes, plant communities, plant cover, plants, shoot height, species richness, St. Simons Island, terrestrial
LTER Core Area: Populations
GCE Themes: Q2 - Domain Patterns, Plant Ecology, Population Ecology
Study Period: 02-Jun-2005 to 25-Jul-2005
Study Sites:
GCE1 -- Eulonia, Georgia, USA
GCE3 -- North Sapelo, Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA
GCE4 -- Meridian, Georgia, USA
GCE6 -- Dean Creek, Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA
GCE10 -- Hunt Camp, Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA
KF -- Kenan Field, Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA
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Species References: Aster tenuifolius, Baccharis halimifolia, Batis maritima, Borrichia frutescens, Cynanchum angustifolium, Distichlis spicata, Iva frutescens, Juncus effusus, Juncus roemerianus, Lilaeopsis chinensis, Limonium carolinianum, Salicornia bigelovii, Salicornia virginica, Scirpus americanus, Scirpus robustus, Solidago sempervirens, Spartina alterniflora, Spartina bakeri, Spartina cynosuroides, Spartina patens, Spartina spartinae, Sporobolus virginicus, Suaeda linearis
Data References: PLT-GCET-0711
Project References: Marsh plant diversity
Publications:

Kunza, A.E. and Pennings, S.C. 2005. Poster: Plant diversity of Texas and Georgia salt marshes. Ecological Society of America 2005 Meeting - Ecology at multiple scales, August 7-12, 2005, Montreal, Canada.

Kunza, A.E. 2006. Patterns of plant diversity in two salt marsh regions. M.S. Thesis. University of Houston, Houston, Texas. 70 pages.

Kunza, A.E. and Pennings, S.C. 2006. Poster: Patterns of plant diversity in two salt marsh regions. Long Term Ecological Research Network All-Scientists Meeting, September 20-24, 2006, Estes Park, Colorado.

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Data Table: PLT-GCET-0608 (Main data table for data set PLT-GCET-0608, 1593 records)

Access: Public (released 29-Nov-2007)

Metadata: Text (ESA FLED), Basic EML, Complete EML

Data Files: Spreadsheet (CSV) [111.58kb],  Text File [98.59kb],  Text Report [152.67kb],  MATLAB (GCE Toolbox) [671.48kb],  MATLAB (Variables) [675.66kb]

Column List:

Column Name Units Type Description (show)
1 Location none string Researcher-defined name of location surveyed
2 Date yyyy-mm-dd string Date of survey
3 Latitude degrees floating-point Geographic latitude of survey location
4 Longitude degrees floating-point Geographic longitude of survey location
5 Envir_Type none string Environment type surveyed
6 Salinity PSU floating-point Salinity of nearest body of water to survey location
7 Flag_Salinity none string QA/QC flags for Salinity of nearest body of water to survey location (flagging criteria, where "x" is Salinity: x<0="I", x>37="Q")
8 Species_Code none string Plant species code
9 Plant_Presence none integer Observations of plant species presence in study plots during the survey (0 = species not present, 1 = species present)
Citation: Kunza Vargas, Amy E. (2006): Plant richness survey of mainland, barrier island and back-barrier hammock island locations around Sapelo Island and St. Simons Island, Georgia, in June-July 2005. Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Project; University of Georgia; Long Term Ecological Research Network. (http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/226fed5ae834d3af215ddb269b7a6399)

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959 and OCE-1237140. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.