Plum Island Ecosystems LTER Database

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Principal Investigator
Ecosystems Center
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL St.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

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Dataset ID:LTE-MD-EARLYVEG.03
Dataset Title:Biomass and shoot densities of marsh grasses at hayed and reference sites for samples collected in June and early July 2000
Investigator 1: 
First Name:Robert
Last Name:Buchsbaum
Address line 1:Massachusetts Audubon, North Shore
Address line 2:Endicott Regional Center
Address line 3:356 Grapevine Road
City:Wenham
State:MA
Zip Code:01984
Country:USA
Associate Investigators:Amy Chiuchiolo, Linda Deegan , Julie Horowitz, Maria Mensching, GDA students
Keywords:PIE LTER, primary production, organic matter, population dynamics, haying, salt marsh, vegetation
Abstract:Biomass and shoot densities of dominant marsh grasses at hayed and reference sites for samples collected in June and early July 2000 at hayed and reference marsh sites near Stackyard Rd. and Patmos Rd, Rowley, Massachusetts
Contact: Plum Island Ecosystems LTER Information Manager
The Ecosystems Center
Marine Biological Lab
7 MBL St
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Phone (508) 289 7485
Email: pie_im@mbl.edu
Online URL: http://pie-lter.ecosystems.mbl.edu
DATA FILE INFORMATION:
Data File URL http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/PIE/data/LTE/data/LTE-MD-EARLYVEG.csv
Data File Name LTE-MD-EARLYVEG
Beginning Date 6/5/2000
End Date 7/6/2000
Number of Data Records 57
Other Files to Reference LTE-MD-VEGSTN.xls
Availability Status Type 1
Quality Control Information
Maintenance Description
Log of Changes: Version 01, initial Excel to EML metadata
Version 02 keyword update
Version 03: March 7, 2016, data and metadata updates to comply with importation to Drupal and LTER PASTA. Used MarcrosExportEML_HTML (working)pie_excel2007_Mar2016.xlsm 3/07/16 3:34 PM for QA/QC to EML 2.1.0
 
RESEARCH LOCATION: LTE-MD-StackyardPatmos Site 2
Geographic Description Salt marsh that is hayed by Dan McHugh in Rowley, MA and reference areas in the vicinity of Stackyard and Patmos Roads. Four study sites (two hayed and two references). The two hayed sites are McH1 (hayed every year, north of Patmos Rd) and EPH (East of Perry's land and between Sawyer Creek and Patmos Rd, hayed every two years, last hayed in 1999). The two reference sites are PUH (Perry Unhayed, between Sawyer Creek and Patmos Rd) and Club Creek (S of Stackyard Rd and bounded on its E side by the PRNWR).  
Location Bounding Box    
West Bounding Coordinate -70.847  
East Bounding Coordinate -70.836  
North Bounding Coordinate 42.747  
South Bounding Coordinate 42.74  
OR if single point location    
Latitude    
Longitude    
Elevation    
     
     
 
TAXONOMIC COVERAGE:
Taxonomic Protocols
Organisms studied Spartina alterniflora; Spartina patens; Distichlis spicata; Juncus gerardi
 
Methods:Shoot densities and biomass of individual species within four vegetation zones (Spartina alterniflora, S. patens, Distichlis spicata, Juncus gerardi) were compared at four marsh sites (2 hayed and 2 reference). Sampling was carried out by placing three 0.1 m2 quadrats within identified vegetation zones at each marsh site. Plants were clipped at the surface of the substrate and then divided into live and dead material. The live plants were further separated into individual species. The number of shoots per species per quadrat was determined by counting individual shoots. After counting, plant material was dried at 60oC to constant weight (about 48 hrs) and the plants weighed on an electronic balance.

NOTES AND COMMENTS: Vegetation zones were determined visually and were therefore somewhat subjective. Abbreviations for “Collector” RB (Robert Buchsbaum), AC (Amy Chiuchiolo), LD (Linda Deegan), JH (Julie Horowitz), MM (Maria Mensching), GDA (Governor Dummer students)

Data Table

Variable Name Variable Description Units Measurement Scale Code Information Number Type DateTime Format Missing Value Code Missing Value Code Explanation
Date date when plants were collected   datetime     DD-MON-YYYY NA NA = not available
Datesort date when plants were sorted by species   datetime     DD-MON-YYYY NA NA = not available
Location area where plants were collected   nominal       NA NA = not available
Treatment treatment, hayed area or a reference area   nominal H = hayed | R = reference or not hayed     NA NA = not available
Plantzone plant zone where collection took place   nominal Sa = Spartina alterniflora | Sp = Spartina patens | Ds = Distichlis spicata | Js = Juncus gerardi     NA NA = not available
Rep replicate quadrat number   nominal       NA NA = not available
ShootDensity density of shoots of dominant species of that plant zone numberPerOneTenthMeterSquared ratio   real   NA NA = not available
Collector Initials of people who collected the samples   nominal RB =Robert Buchsbaum | AC =Amy Chiuchiolo | LD =Linda Deegan | JH =Julie Horowitz | MM =Maria Mensching | GDA =Governor Dummer students     NA NA = not available
S_alt_density Density of shoots of Spartina alterniflora numberPerOneTenthMeterSquared ratio   real   NA NA = not available
S_pat_density Density of shoots of Spartina patens numberPerOneTenthMeterSquared ratio   real   NA NA = not available
D_spicata_density Density of shoots of Distichlis spicata numberPerOneTenthMeterSquared ratio   real   NA NA = not available
J_gerardii_density Density of shoots of Juncus gerardii numberPerOneTenthMeterSquared ratio   real   NA NA = not available
S_europaea_density Density of shoots of Salicornia europaea numberPerOneTenthMeterSquared ratio   real   NA NA = not available
BiomassDominant Biomass of dominant species of that zone gramPerOneTenthMeterSquared ratio   real   NA NA = not available
Biomass_dead Biomass of standing dead gramPerOneTenthMeterSquared ratio   real   NA NA = not available
S_alt_biomass Biomass of Spartina alterniflora gramPerOneTenthMeterSquared ratio   real   NA NA = not available
S_pat_biomass Biomass of Spartina patens gramPerOneTenthMeterSquared ratio   real   NA NA = not available
D_spicata_biomass Biomass of Distichlis spicata gramPerOneTenthMeterSquared ratio   real   NA NA = not available
J_gerardii_biomass Biomass of Juncus gerardii gramPerOneTenthMeterSquared ratio   real   NA NA = not available
Comments additional notes pertaining to the observations   nominal       NA NA = not available