Landscape-scale patterns of shrub-species abundance in California chaparral – The role of topographically mediated resource gradients

  title={Landscape-scale patterns of shrub-species abundance in California chaparral – The role of topographically mediated resource gradients},
  author={Ross K. Meentemeyer and Aaron Moody and Janet Franklin},
  journal={Plant Ecology},
We examine the degree to which landscape-scale spatial patterns of shrub-species abundance in California chaparral reflect topographically mediated environmental conditions, and evaluate whether these patterns correspond to known ecophysiological plant processes. Regression tree models are developed to predict spatial patterns in the abundance of 12 chaparral shrub and tree species in three watersheds of the Santa Ynez Mountains, California. The species response models are driven by five… CONTINUE READING
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