Estimating species-area relationships from plot to landscape scale using species spatial-turnover data

John Harte, Sarah McCarthy, Kevin Taylor, Ann Kinzig, Marc L. Fischer

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Vegetation census data from montane meadow plots are used to test a predicted connection between the species-area relationship, S = cA(z), and the dependence of interpatch species turnover on patch area A, interpatch distance D, and the species-area exponent z. At small spatial scales, from D≃ 1-10 m, where species-area parameters can be independently estimated, the prediction is confirmed; at larger scales, from D ≃ 1-104 m, the scale-dependence of z is deduced. A predicted dependence of species richness on the shape of censused patches is also confirmed. Our results indicate that readily obtainable species-turnover data between distant small patches can be used to estimate species-area exponents at landscape scales where census data for nested areas are generally not available, thereby improving our ability to estimate landscape-scale species richness and rarity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-54
Number of pages10
JournalOikos
Volume86
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1999

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Harte, J., McCarthy, S., Taylor, K., Kinzig, A., & Fischer, M. L. (1999). Estimating species-area relationships from plot to landscape scale using species spatial-turnover data. Oikos, 86(1), 45-54.

Estimating species-area relationships from plot to landscape scale using species spatial-turnover data. / Harte, John; McCarthy, Sarah; Taylor, Kevin; Kinzig, Ann; Fischer, Marc L.

In: Oikos, Vol. 86, No. 1, 07.1999, p. 45-54.

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Harte, J, McCarthy, S, Taylor, K, Kinzig, A & Fischer, ML 1999, 'Estimating species-area relationships from plot to landscape scale using species spatial-turnover data', Oikos, vol. 86, no. 1, pp. 45-54.
Harte, John ; McCarthy, Sarah ; Taylor, Kevin ; Kinzig, Ann ; Fischer, Marc L. / Estimating species-area relationships from plot to landscape scale using species spatial-turnover data. In: Oikos. 1999 ; Vol. 86, No. 1. pp. 45-54.
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