Date of Award

Winter 12-11-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science - Biology



First Advisor

Dr. Donald Pratt

Second Advisor

Dr. Daniel J. Bennett

Third Advisor

Dr. Jeremy Stovall

Fourth Advisor

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.

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