Plant, macrolichen and moss community structure and species richness in the coastal barrens of Nova Scotia

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dc.contributor.advisor Lundholm, Jeremy T. (Jeremy Todd), 1970-
dc.coverage.spatial Nova Scotia
dc.creator Oberndorfer, Erica C. 2011-05-09T12:32:10Z 2011-05-09T12:32:10Z 2006
dc.identifier.other QK203 N8 O24 2006
dc.description 132 leaves : ill. (chiefly col.), col. map ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 112-120).
dc.description.abstract Coastal barrens in Nova Scotia are an understudied habitat type characterised by short, predominantly ericaceous vegetation, sparse tree cover, exposed bedrock, areas of bog, and stressful climatic conditions. Six coastal barrens were selected along the Atlantic coast. Twenty 1 x 1 m plots at each site were sampled for vascular plants, macrolichens and mosses, and environmental factors, including substrate nutrient and moisture levels, exposure, and substrate depth. One hundred and seventy-six species were recorded over the 6 sites (105 vascular species, 43 macrolichen species, 28 moss species), 11 of which are provincially rare (S1, S2). Community composition differed among sites, and was related to distance to coast, substrate depth, substrate moisture, and vegetation height. Species richness was influenced by moisture conditions, exposure and substrate depth. Conservation efforts should protect gradients of these environmental factors in order to protect a diversity of plant types, which respond variously to these factors.
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dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc QK203.N8
dc.subject.lcsh Coastal ecology -- Nova Scotia
dc.subject.lcsh Plant communities -- Nova Scotia
dc.subject.lcsh Coastal plants -- Ecology -- Nova Scotia
dc.subject.lcsh Lichens -- Ecology -- Nova Scotia
dc.subject.lcsh Mosses -- Ecology -- Nova Scotia
dc.title Plant, macrolichen and moss community structure and species richness in the coastal barrens of Nova Scotia
dc.type Text Master of Science in Applied Science Masters Biology Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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