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Christopher N. Janousek and Christina L. Folger Variation in tidal wetland plant diversity and composition within and among coastal estuaries: assessing the relative importance of environmental gradients Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Version of Record online: 19 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12107

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Environmental gradients in tidal wetlands can overlap in complex ways. Using ordination and path analysis we found that tidal elevation was the principle correlate of plant composition and diversity. Soil salinity also affected composition, but major hydrologic differences among estuaries played a more minor role. Future climate change may alter the spatial distribution of gradients, thereby affecting vegetation structure.

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