Vegetation of non-alluvial wetlands of the southeastern Piedmont Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Seymour, Stephanie Denise
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Curriculum in Environment and Ecology
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  • Non-alluvial wetlands play an important ecological role for many plant and animal species, providing a contribution to regional and landscape-scale biodiversity. Despite their ecological significance, non-alluvial wetlands in the southeastern Piedmont have received little research attention. The purpose of this study is to develop a quantitative classification and description of non-alluvial wetland plant communities for the southeastern Piedmont. Vegetation was surveyed in 123 plots from central Virginia to northern South Carolina selected to represent high-quality examples of Piedmont non-alluvial wetlands. Cluster analysis and ordination techniques were used to identify and describe community types in terms of their species composition and environmental settings. Ten non-alluvial wetland community types were identified for the southeastern Piedmont, five for seepage wetlands and five for depressional wetlands. These results provide a baseline quantitative classification that may be used for conservation planning or to refine and improve documentation for existing plant community concepts.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Ecology in the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology."
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  • Weakley, Alan S.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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