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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lister, Andrew Joseph
URN etd-122898-120518
Title Spatial Patterns in a 40-year-old Slash Pine (Pinus elliottii Engelm.) Forest in the Coastal Plain of South Carolina
Degree Master of Science
Department Forestry
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mou, Paul P. Committee Chair
Burger, James A. Committee Member
Jones, Robert H. Committee Member
  • soil-environment relationships
  • spatial heterogeneity
  • slash pine forest soil
  • geostatistics
Date of Defense 1998-12-07
Availability unrestricted

A study was conducted at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, SC to: 1) characterize the spatial patterns of soil and forest floor variables (moisture, pH, soil phosphate, forest floor and soil carbon and nitrogen, and soil available nitrogen), 2) assess the spatial patterns of the plant community, and 3) investigate spatial relationships among the variables and between the variables and woody vegetation. Spatial soil and litter samples were collected on five 0.25 hectare plots, and relationships were explored using Pearson's correlation tests, canonical correlation analysis, variogram modeling and kriging.

The average range of spatial autocorrelation for the forest floor variables was >45 m, while that for soil variables was 12 m. Woody stem basal area exhibited spatial autocorrelation at ranges of less than 12 m, and was only weakly correlated with forest floor and soil resource patterns. Few strong spatial correlations among the forest floor and soil variables were observed. The means and variances of the variables were low, and differences in resource levels probably had little impact on the spatial pattern of vegetation. Results indicate a weak, differential effect of species group on litter quality, a weak relationship between large pine trees and soil nitrogen patterns, and a general homogeneity of the stands.

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