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Accession: PLT-GCET-0711 Research Theme: Plant Ecology (Graduate Thesis Study)
Contributors: Amy E. Kunza Vargas, Steve Pennings
Title: Plant richness survey of mainland and barrier island locations along the Texas Gulf Coast in April and May 2005
Abstract: I conducted a plant richness survey of 49 sites on the Texas Gulf Coast in the Spring (April-May) of 2005. Sites were chosen to include a range of mainland and barrier 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. This data set is a companion to PLT-GCET-0608, which provides similar data for sites around Sapelo Island, Georgia.
DOI: 10.6073/pasta/18e730221dd8a554a3a49bb2a6bfa364
Key Words: barrier island, community composition, Gulf of Mexico, hammock, marshes, plant communities, plant cover, plants, shoot height, species richness, terrestrial, Texas
LTER Core Area: Population Studies
Research Themes: GCE2 Q2 - Domain Patterns, Plant Ecology, Population Ecology
Study Period: 20-Apr-2005 to 25-May-2005
Study Sites:
TexasGulf -- Texas Gulf Coast, Texas, USA
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Species References: Agalinis maritima, Avicennia germinans, Baccharis halimifolia, Batis maritima, Borrichia frutescens, Cuscuta indecora, Cynanchum angustifolium, Distichlis spicata, Eustoma exaltatum, Helianthus annuus, Iva frutescens, Juncus roemerianus, Limonium carolinianum, Lycium carolinianum, Monanthochloe littoralis, Opuntia humifusa, Rayjacksonia phyllocephala, Sabatia arenicola, Salicornia bigelovii, Salicornia virginica, Scirpus americanus, Scirpus robustus, Sesuvium portulacastrum, Solidago sempervirens, Spartina alterniflora, Spartina bakeri, Spartina cynosuroides, Spartina patens, Spartina spartinae, Sporobolus virginicus, Suaeda linearis, Symphyotrichum tenuifolium
Data References: PLT-GCET-0608 (companion study in Georgia salt marshes)
Project References: Marsh plant diversity

Kunza Vargas, 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.

Guo, H., Chamberlain, S.A., Elhaik, E., Jalli, I., Lynes, A.R., Marczak, L., Sabath, N., Vargas, A., Wieski, K., Zelig, E. and Pennings, S.C. 2015. Geographic Variation in Plant Community Structure of Salt Marshes: Species, Functional and Phylogenetic Perspectives. PLOS ONE. 10(5). (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127781)

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Data Table: PLT-GCET-0711 (Main data table for data set PLT-GCET-0711, 1568 records)

Access: Public (released 29-Nov-2007)

Metadata: Text (ESA FLED), XML (Ecological Metadata Language)

Data Formats: Spreadsheet (CSV) [109.22kb],  Text File [96.47kb],  MATLAB (GCE Toolbox) [653.55kb],  MATLAB (Variables) [645.23kb],  Text Report [146.53kb]

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Column Name Units Type Description
1 Location none string Researcher-defined name of location surveyed
2 Date yyyy-mm-dd string Date of survey
3 Longitude degrees floating-point Geographic longitude of the survey location
4 Latitude degrees floating-point Geographic latitude 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)
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Citation: Kunza Vargas, Amy E. 2007. Plant richness survey of mainland and barrier island locations along the Texas Gulf Coast in April and May 2005. Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Project, University of Georgia, Long Term Ecological Research Network. http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/18e730221dd8a554a3a49bb2a6bfa364

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. 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.