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1. Shepard, Robert Michal. Tree Rings In Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis velutina Woot.): An Exploratory Study of Wood Anatomy, Crossdating, Climate-Growth Relationships, Life History, and Above-Ground Biomass .

Degree: 2015, University of Arizona

Velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina Woot.) is a common tree in semi-arid, southwestern U.S. savanna ecosystems. While there are studies that examine some of the physiological and ecological aspects of this tree (response to fire, net ecosystem exchange, encroachment into grasslands, yearly growth through dendrometer bands, among others), the wood anatomical features of a growth ring, suitability for dendrochronological research, life history, and above-ground biomass through time are knowledge gaps that can be filled. The purpose of this study was to examine these gaps in order to better understand the role of velvet mesquite in these ecosystems. Wood anatomical analysis showed that velvet mesquite has a semi-ring porous structure and termination of the growth ring is indicated by a small band of parenchyma. Visual crossdating of velvet mesquite was successful but a complex growth habit, with both eccentric and lobate growth, combined with ecological pressures hampered statistical validation of the chronology. Seasonal climate-growth analysis of dated rings showed a strong positive correlation to previous year September and October precipitation and a strong positive partial correlation to previous year September and August mean temperature. Life history through growth curve analysis showed no age related growth trend (either s-shaped or log normal) indicating the maximum age of velvet mesquite stems sampled (130 years old) can become much older with many releases and few suppressions. Above-ground biomass of these trees are low compared to higher elevation forest biomass, but similar to other savanna ecosystems of the southwest. The use of velvet mesquite in dendrochronological research would greatly benefit from a complete analysis of wood anatomy, and addition of more samples from various locations to verify dates and begin building more reliable chronologies for this species across its range. These additions would allow for a greater understanding of stand and tree level responses through suppressions and releases, and understand the biomass accumulated above-ground through time. Advisors/Committee Members: Trouet, Valerie (advisor), Trouet, Valerie (committeemember), Archer, Steve (committeemember), Scott, Russ (committeemember), Sheppard, Paul (committeemember).

Subjects/Keywords: growth curves; Prosopis velutina; Tree rings; velvet mesquite; wood anatomy; Natural Resources; Dendrochronology

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APA (6th Edition):

Shepard, R. M. (2015). Tree Rings In Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis velutina Woot.): An Exploratory Study of Wood Anatomy, Crossdating, Climate-Growth Relationships, Life History, and Above-Ground Biomass . (Masters Thesis). University of Arizona. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10150/605122

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Shepard, Robert Michal. “Tree Rings In Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis velutina Woot.): An Exploratory Study of Wood Anatomy, Crossdating, Climate-Growth Relationships, Life History, and Above-Ground Biomass .” 2015. Masters Thesis, University of Arizona. Accessed October 14, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10150/605122.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Shepard, Robert Michal. “Tree Rings In Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis velutina Woot.): An Exploratory Study of Wood Anatomy, Crossdating, Climate-Growth Relationships, Life History, and Above-Ground Biomass .” 2015. Web. 14 Oct 2019.

Vancouver:

Shepard RM. Tree Rings In Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis velutina Woot.): An Exploratory Study of Wood Anatomy, Crossdating, Climate-Growth Relationships, Life History, and Above-Ground Biomass . [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Arizona; 2015. [cited 2019 Oct 14]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10150/605122.

Council of Science Editors:

Shepard RM. Tree Rings In Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis velutina Woot.): An Exploratory Study of Wood Anatomy, Crossdating, Climate-Growth Relationships, Life History, and Above-Ground Biomass . [Masters Thesis]. University of Arizona; 2015. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10150/605122

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