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Demographic studies of Joshua trees in Mojave Desert National Parks: demography with emphasis on germination and recruitment

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Edited by:
Debra Hughson

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Abstract

The study of population change with regard to reproduction, seed dispersal, and germination, establishment, growth, and survival/mortality is known as demography. Demographic studies provide managers with information to assess future trends on the density, distribution, health, and population changes of importance or value, including Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia). Demographic research provides the potential to understand the combined impacts of climate change and land-use practices and determine if strategies for protecting important species are likely to succeed or fall short of management goals and will identify factors that have the potential to de-stabilize populations outside the realm of natural variation so that management strategies can be developed to circumvent challenges for key species, processes, and ecosystems. The National Park Service and US Geological Survey are collaborating to collect demographic information about the demographics of Joshua tree in the Mojave Desert.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Demographic studies of Joshua trees in Mojave Desert National Parks: demography with emphasis on germination and recruitment
Series title:
Science Newsletter
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2010
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mojave National Preserve
Publisher location:
Barstow, CA
Contributing office(s):
Western Ecological Research Center
Description:
4 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
9
Last page:
12
Number of Pages:
3
Country:
United States
State:
Arizona;California;Nevada
Other Geospatial:
Mojave Desert National Parks