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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

The cues, responses to temperature and potential for mismatch in UK plant phenology

Tansey, Christine January 2017 (has links)
Changes in phenology are often cited as a key biotic impact of climate change. Consequently, understanding the major environmental cues and responses to those cues in different species is important for making predictions about the future impacts and ecological implications of changing phenology. In this thesis, I set out to explore the phenological cues, mechanisms of response to temperature and the potential for interacting species to experience phenological mismatch in a range of UK plants. To do this, I utilised phenological records from two citizen science schemes; the well-established Nature’s Calendar, which collects observations for the UK Phenology Network (UKPN), and Track a Tree, a novel project I set up specifically to examine the phenology of interacting plant species in UK woodlands. I first assessed the ability of plasticity to track shifts in the optimum phenology for 22 plant species. I employed a statistical approach to estimate the plasticity and temperature sensitivity of the phenological optimum for leafing and flowering dates obtained from the UKPN. In identifying the most important cues I found that all species are sensitive to spring forcing temperatures, with plastic responses ranging from -3 to -8 days °C-1. Chilling temperatures in autumn/winter and photoperiod were important in species with early and late phenology, respectively. In seven species, plasticity was sufficient to track geographic variation in the optimum phenology. In four species, plasticity did not track the optimum, which is consistent with clinal local adaptation to temperature, and which could place phenology under directional selection in a changing climate. I then performed a phylogenetic comparative analysis on the median phenology and estimates of plasticity and local adaptation for the 22 species analysed previously. I found that phenological event (leafing or flowering) and growth form (woody or herbaceous perennial) predicted plasticity in phenological response. These traits may help inform future predictions of phenological responses to temperature. In contrast, the median date of phenology and clinal local adaptation over latitude were not predicted by any of the ecological traits considered. I next used records from the Track a Tree project to examine the relative phenology of canopy tree and understorey flowering species across UK woodlands. I found that first leafing and peak flowering of focal species pairs were correlated over space, and that the time between canopy leafing and the ground flora flowering (relative phenology) was spatially consistent. Relative phenology of two canopy tree species pairs was spatially consistent, but for a native versus non-native tree species pair the relationship varied over space (with a slope close to 0). If temperature-mediated plasticity determines these species’ phenology, my results suggest understorey flowering may be able to track canopy leafing in future, maintaining shading interactions. Finally, I used the Track a Tree data to partition the variance in phenology for seven tree species, and test what predicts variation in oak and birch. I found that the contributors to variance differ among tree species, with spatial variables important, and within site variance low, for all species except sycamore. The low intraspecific within-site variance suggests that some species may have a limited capacity for phenological buffering. These findings contribute to understanding what impacts on the phenological distribution of different species, an important requirement for assessing the phenological buffering of mismatch. In this thesis, I broadened the range of approaches that can be used to understand plant phenology in a changing climate. I demonstrated the value of employing novel statistical methods to analyse existing phenology data and the utility of hypothesis driven citizen science for predicting phenological shifts and the subsequent ecological implications for interacting species.

Aspects of the ecology of the Lepidoptera associated with heather Calluna vulgaris

Fielding, Carol January 1992 (has links)
No description available.

Spatial and Temporal Amazon Vegetation Dynamics and Phenology Using Time Series Satellite Data

Ratana, Piyachat January 2006 (has links)
Improved knowledge of landscape seasonal variations and phenology at the regional scale is needed for carbon and water flux studies, and biogeochemical, hydrological, and climate models. Amazon vegetation mechanisms and dynamics controlling biosphere-atmosphere interactions are not entirely understood. To better understand these processes, vegetation photosynthetic activity and canopy water and temperature dynamics were analyzed over various types of vegetation in Amazon using satellite data from the Terra-Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). The objectives of this dissertation were to 1) assess the spatial and temporal variations of satellite data over the Amazon as a function of vegetation physiognomies for monitoring and discrimination, 2) investigate seasonal vegetation photosynthetic activity and phenology across the forest-cerrado ecotone and conversion areas, and 3) investigate seasonal variations of satellite-based canopy water and land surface temperature in relation to photosynthetic activity over the Amazon basin.The results of this study showed the highly diverse and complex cerrado biome and associated cerrado conversions could be monitored and analyzed with MODIS vegetation index (VI) time series data. The MODIS enhanced vegetation index (EVI) seasonal profiles were found useful in characterizing the spatial and temporal variability in landscape phenology across a climatic gradient of rainfall and sunlight conditions through the rainforest-cerrado ecotone. Significant trends in landscape phenology were observed across the different biomes with strong seasonal shifts resulting from differences in vegetation physiognomic responses to rainfall and sunlight. We also found unique seasonal and temporal patterns of the land surface water index (LSWI) and land surface temperature (LST), which in combination with the EVI provided improved information for monitoring the seasonal ecosystem dynamics of the Amazon rainforest, cerrado, ecotone, and conversion areas. In conclusion, satellite-based, regional scale studies were found to aid in understanding land surface processes and mechanisms at the ecosystem level, providing a "big picture" of landscape dynamics. Coupling this with ground, in-situ measurements, such as from flux towers, can greatly improve the estimation of carbon and water fluxes, and our understanding of the biogeochemistry and climate in very dynamic and changing landscapes.

Mechanisms Underlying Intra-seasonal Variation in the Risk of Avian Nest Predation: Implications for Breeding Phenology

Borgmann, Kathi Louise January 2010 (has links)
Predation is an important ecological process that shapes life-history traits, community dynamics, and species coexistence and therefore has been suggested to explain many patterns in avian ecology. Although many studies have reported spatial, temporal, or interspecific patterns in nest predation, relatively few studies have been designed to identify the specific mechanism(s) that underlie these patterns. I examined mechanisms underlying the risk of nest predation in birds by (1) reviewing nine of the most commonly cited hypotheses to explain spatial, temporal, and interspecific variation in the risk of nest predation, (2) conducting a comparative analysis of the nest-concealment hypothesis to examine which methodological issues, extrinsic factors, and species traits influence whether or not foliage density affects the risk of nest predation, and (3) testing six mechanistic hypotheses to determine the underlying cause(s) of intra-seasonal decreases in the risk of nest predation.Many of the hypotheses invoked to explain spatial, temporal, and interspecific variation in the risk of nest predation lack clearly defined mechanisms. I suggest that future studies explicitly define the mechanism and assumption(s) of each hypothesis prior to implementing empirical tests.I found that the discrepancy in results among past studies that have examined the nest-concealment hypothesis was due to interspecific differences in a variety of intrinsic and extrinsic factors that affect nest predation but have previously been ignored. The effects of nest concealment on nest placement and probability of nest predation vary among species and this variation is predictable based on the bird's morphological traits and characteristics of the ecosystem.Increased risk of nest predation early in the breeding season appears to be due, in part, to foliage phenology and spatial and temporal changes in predator behavior. The risk of nest predation was negatively associated with foliage density early, but not late, in the breeding season. Supplemental food provided to nest predators resulted in a numerical response by nest predators, increasing the risk of nest predation at nests located near feeders. I show that intra-seasonal changes in environmental features and predator behavior affect patterns of nest predation, which can influence timing of breeding.

Monitoring the effects of climate change in the Tropical Dry Forest of the Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve

Yamanaka Ocampo, JM Unknown Date
No description available.

The autecology of Trientalis Borealis

Anderson, Roger C. January 1968 (has links)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1970. / Typescript. Vita. eContent provider-neutral record in process. Description based on print version record. Includes bibliographical references.

Benthic Macroinvertebrates of Temperate, Sub-Antarctic Streams: The Effects of Altitudinal Zoning and Temperature on the Phenology of Aquatic Insects Associated to the Robalo River, Navarino Island (55°S), Chile

Contador Mejías, Tamara Andrea 12 1900 (has links)
The Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, within the remote Sub-Antarctic ecoregion is a reservoir of expressions of biological and cultural diversity. Although it is considered one of 24 wilderness areas remaining in the world, it is not free from local and global threats, such as invasive species, and climate change. Field biologists and philosophers associated to the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program and the Omora Ethnobotanical Park, have worked to describe the region’s biocultural diversity, linking ecological and philosophical research into education, ecotourism, and conservation, through a methodology called field environmental philosophy (FEP), which integrates ecological sciences and environmental ethics through a 4-step cycle consisting of: 1) interdisciplinary research; 2) composition of metaphors; 3) design of field activities with an ecological and ethical orientation; and 4) implementation of in situ conservation areas. In this context, the purposes of this dissertation were to: 1) provide a comprehensive review of publications regarding the conservation status of aquatic and terrestrial insects at a global scale and with an emphasis in southern South America; 2) study the distribution of benthic macroinvertebrates through the sharp altitudinal gradient of the Róbalo River watershed; 3) describe the life histories of Gigantodax sp (Simuliidae: Diptera) and Meridialaris chiloeense (Leptophlebiidae: Ephemeroptera) in the Róbalo River and to assess the potential effects of climate change on their phenology; and 4) to apply FEP methodology in order to better understand and communicate the intrinsic and instrumental values of freshwater invertebrates in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve.

Evolutionary responses to global change: an experimental test of the effect of altered precipitation on hybridization rates in sunflower (Helianthus)

Sneck, Michelle 24 July 2013 (has links)
Climate change is rapidly altering natural ecosystems. Plastic and adaptive responses to climate change (i.e., range shifts and phenology) have been widely noted across taxa. However, the effects of climate change on evolutionary processes such as interspecific gene flow (hybridization) are less well known. In this study, we quantified hybridization rates in response to experimental manipulations of rainfall, an important dimension of global change. We used rain-out shelters in the field and quantified rates of hybridization between two congeners, Helianthus annuus (common sunflower) and H. petiolaris (prairie sunflower). We found that H. annuus maternal plants produced hybrid progeny more than H. petiolaris maternal plants, with a trend for decreased rates of hybridization with increased soil moisture (when rain-out shelters were absent). The relative number of open inflorescences of each species predicted hybridization rates. Thus, this study demonstrates how changing environmental conditions, specifically precipitation, could influence hybridization rates.

Seasonal phenology and reproductive behaviour of Dioryctria species Zeller (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in British Columbian seed orchards

Whitehouse, Caroline Marie Unknown Date
No description available.

Genetic adaptation of aspen populations to spring risk environments: a novel remote sensing approach

Li, Haitao Unknown Date
No description available.

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