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Tanzanian forest tree plot diversity and elevation

Lovett, J.C. (1999) Tanzanian forest tree plot diversity and elevation. Journal of Tropical Ecology. pp. 689-694. ISSN 1469-7831

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Observed variation in species richness on ecological gradients and between regions has attracted several different explanations. Climatic factors, such as energy availability, precipitation and mean annual temperature, are frequently cited to explain differences in species richness (Wright et al. 1993). The relative amount of variation in these variables may be of importance as well as absolute values (Stevens 1989, 1992). Alternatively, the history of colonization and extirpation have been used to explain regional variation in diversity (Guo et al. 1998; Latham & Ricklefs 1993a, b). Area is an important factor, for example on an elevational gradient the tops of mountains are not only cooler than the bottoms, but they are also much smaller (Rahbek 1997).

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 1999 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: diversity,elevation,Tanzania,forest,trees
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Environment (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2016 05:38
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0266467499001108
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1548

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