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A GIS approach to modelling richness, fruiting and flowering of woody species in a neotropical montane area, Parque Nacional Carrasco, Bolivia - Volume 1
thesisposted on 2014-12-15, 10:38 authored by Susannah. O'Hanlon
In order to effectively manage tropical montane areas for species and habitat conservation, spatial and seasonal variations in habitat must be understood. Availability of fruit and nectar - both important dietary components for many tropical animals - is determined by the distribution and abundance of plant species and the phonological patterns they exhibit over an area. Forest types are classified over a biodiversity 'hotspot' area of tropical montane forest across the eastern slopes of the Andes in Bolivia using bioclimatic modelling. A number of distinct climatic regimes and forest types exist over the evaluational gradient, which ranges from around 250 m.a.s.l. to over 4000 m.a.s.l. By linking the vegetation classification to a database of arboreal species and their fruiting phenology, spatial patterns in arboreal species richness and the spatial and temporal variability of flowering and fruiting phenology can be determined.
Date of award2001-01-01
Awarding institutionUniversity of Leicester