Woody plant expansion in the Chautauqua Hills, KS: a regional assessment of historical change

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dc.contributor.advisor Russell, F. Leland en_US
dc.contributor.author Rogers, Thomas R. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-15T14:52:04Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-15T14:52:04Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-04 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Rogers, Thomas R. (2011). Woody Plant Expansion in the Chautauqua Hills, KS: A Regional Assessment of Historical Change. -- In Proceedings: 7th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 122-123 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/3574
dc.description Paper presented to the 7th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, May 4, 2011. en_US
dc.description Research completed at the Department of Biology en_US
dc.description.abstract Woody plant expansion into grasslands and savannas is a globally occurring phenomenon that has considerable economic and socio-cultural impacts. I use a multi-site historical study to quantify age structures of Quercus marilandica (Blackjack Oak) and Quercus stellata (Post Oak) from four discrete Cross Timbers stands in the Chautauqua Hills Region of southeast Kansas. My objectives are to determine when expansion occurred and from which landscape position oaks have expanded. Finally, I examine how timing and spatial patterns of expansion differ between species in the White and Red Oak subgenera. Preliminary data from the first site indicates an even-aged stand structure, represented by a normal distribution among age classes. Mean age for Post and Blackjack oak are 34 and 42 respectively and, maximum ages are 70 and 82 respectively. The relationship between tree age and landscape position was assessed by using slope position categories (mid-slope, ridge, and drainage) and slope steepness (degrees). There was no significant relationship between these two categories and tree age. However, sampling three more sites will provide further insight into the effect of landscape position on the two oak species in the Chautauqua Hills, KS. and should reveal any regional patterns that exist. en_US
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dc.publisher Wichita State University. Graduate School en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries GRASP en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries v.7 en_US
dc.title Woody plant expansion in the Chautauqua Hills, KS: a regional assessment of historical change en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US

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