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Measuring Plant DiversityLessons from the Field$
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Thomas J. Stohlgren

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172331.001.0001

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History and Background, Baggage and Direction

History and Background, Baggage and Direction

(p.15) 2 History and Background, Baggage and Direction
Measuring Plant Diversity

Thomas J. Stohlgren

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a very brief history of plant ecology, and historical figures in the field, focusing on how previous ecologists have influenced the ways ecologists typically measure plant diversity today. It draws additional attention to the authors of two textbooks, Rexford Daubenmire, and Dieter Mueller-Dombois and Heinz Ellenberg, because they seem to reflect best the development of many current plant diversity field methods. Lastly, the chapter discusses the general direction provided by past plant ecologists, and the “baggage” of older ideas — how inertia developed and persists in modern plant ecology regarding measuring plant diversity.

Keywords:   sampling plant diversity, plant communities, species-environmental relationships, individualistic theory, Clements, Gleason, Rexford Daubenmire, Dieter Mueller-Dombois, Heinz Ellenberg

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