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dc.contributor.advisorSimpson, Thomas R.
dc.contributor.authorJones, Rickey Leeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-24T10:09:14Z
dc.date.available2012-02-24T10:09:14Z
dc.date.issued2008-05-01en_US
dc.date.submittedMay 2008
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/3137
dc.description.abstractNative bottomland pecan (Carya illinoiensis) communities exist as fragments along river systems of the Edwards Plateau. They persist in this sub-humid rangeland environment because of the unique hydrologic regime of the riparian zone. Bottomland sites are currently dominated by an over story of mature pecan trees with little woody understory or replacement pecan seedlings. The lack of pecan recruitment might result in the loss of these native bottomland pecan communities as adult trees senesce and die. Objectives of my study were to: 1) determine the extent of change in these communities over several decades, 2) assess current age structure of these communities, 3) assess impact to recruitment due to herbivory and grove management, and 4) construct a computer-based conceptual model of community behavior to identify factors having the potential to affect native pecan bottomlands. Sites were selected based on species composition, accessibility, herbivore pressure, and management history (natural, harvested, harvested/groomed). Twenty pecan trees from each site were cored and cores were sent to a dendrochronology lab for aging. Results show that these pecan communities have changed little in size over the past 60 years. These communities exist primarily as mature trees with few younger age classes. Deer densities are extremely high within these communities indicating that herbivory is likely influencing recruitment rates. Computer simulation modeling identified factors affecting recruitment and mortality of native pecan trees in bottomland communities.en_US
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dc.format.extent65 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectPecansen_US
dc.subjectEdwards Plateauen_US
dc.subjectRecruitmenten_US
dc.subjectBottomlandsen_US
dc.subjectHerbivoryen_US
dc.titleEcological Dynamics of Native Bottomland Pecan Communities in the Edwards Plateau of Texasen_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBaccus, John T.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWeckerly, Floyd W.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSchwertner, T. Wayne
thesis.degree.departmentBiology
thesis.degree.disciplineBiology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University-San Marcos
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
txstate.departmentBiology


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