Spatial Analysis of Helianthus schweinitzii (Schweinitz's Sunflower), An Endangered Species Endemic to the Piedmont of North Carolina

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Tammy Capps Smith (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Roy Stine

Abstract: This paper examines the influence of several biotic and abiotic variables on the spatial distribution of the Schweinitz's sunflower, a local endemic and endangered species. A variety of spatial, statistical, and analytical procedures were performed using a GIS and statistical software. Historical maps and primary data were also used to provide spatial context and evidence for the Piedmont prairie of which Schweinitz's sunflower is a remnant species. In general, the spatial distribution appears to be influenced by soil characteristics and areas with exposure to routine disturbance, most notably, along roadsides which receive regular right-of-way maintenance.

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Publication
Thesis
Language: English
Date: 2008
Keywords
Endangered species, Helianthus schweinitzii, Piedmont, Schweinitz's sunflower, Spatial analysis, Spatial distribution
Subjects
Sunflowers $z North Carolina $x Geographical distribution.
Endangered plants $x Protection.
Plant populations.
Spatial ecology.
Biotic communities.
Population biology.
Rare plants.
Plant conservation.