Date of Award
Master of Science - Biology
Dr. Donald Pratt
Dr. Daniel J. Bennett
Dr. Jeremy Stovall
Dr. James Van Kley
Regional vegetation patterns of Texas beach plant communities were analyzed using cluster analysis, ANOSIM, SIMPER, NMDS, and ISA for fives zones representing the foredune complex of twenty Gulf Coast beaches. ANOVA revealed that zones differ in terms of percent bare sand, percent vegetative cover, and species richness. Cluster Analysis, ANOSIM, and SIMPER results indicate that Texas beaches can be divided into northern and southern regions based on differences in species composition of plant communities. Indicator Species Analysis (ISA) indicates that northern beaches are characterized by the presence of Rayjacksonia phyllocephala, Ambrosia Strophostyles, Ambrosia psilostachya, and Panicum amarum. and southern beaches by the presence of Ipomoea pes-caprae.
Foster, Cody, "CHARACTERIZING PATTERNS IN TEXAS GULF COAST BEACH DUNE PLANT SPECIES COMPOSITION" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 350.
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