Data Set Citation:
When using this data, please cite the data package:
NCEAS 2820 : Kelly: Evolutionary causes and ecological consequences of mast seeding in plants , National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis , Kelly D , and Koenig W. 2007.
Masting Dynamics data set
nceas.336.2 (https://knb.ecoinformatics.org:443/knb/metacat/nceas.336.2/nceas)
General Information:
Title:Masting Dynamics data set
Identifier:nceas.336
Abstract:
This group compiled an extensive data base of time series for masting species with associated climatic data. Individual seed production in 59 populations of plants from 24 species spanning a large range of annual variablilty, from species exhibiting strong masting to others with little annual variability in seed production was explored.
Keywords:None:
  • Reproduction
None:
  • Masting
None:
  • Seed Production
None:
  • Seed Dispersal
None:
  • Pollination Vector
Publication Date:2007-07-19

Involved Parties

Data Set Creators:
Organization:NCEAS 2820 : Kelly: Evolutionary causes and ecological consequences of mast seeding in plants
Organization:National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Individual: David Kelly
Organization:Department of Plant and Microbial Sciences University of Canterbury
Address:
Christchurch 4800,
Select state or territory here. New Zealand
Phone:
64 3 3642782 (voice)
Email Address:
d.kelly@botn.canterbury.ac.nz
Individual: Walter Koenig
Organization:Hastings Natural History Reservation University of California, Berkeley
Address:
California USA
Phone:
(831) 659-2664 (voice)
Email Address:
wicker@uclink4.berkeley.edu
Data Set Contacts:
Individual: David Kelly
Organization:Department of Plant and Microbial Sciences University of Canterbury
Address:
Christchurch 4800,
Select state or territory here. New Zealand
Phone:
64 3 3642782 (voice)
Email Address:
d.kelly@botn.canterbury.ac.nz
Associated Parties:
Individual: Victoria Sork
Organization:Institute of the Environment University of California, Los Angeles
Email Address:
vlsork@ucla.edu
Individual: Mikko Peltonen
Organization:Northeastern Research Station USDA Forest Service
Email Address:
mpeltonen@fs.fed.us
Individual: Richard Duncan
Organization:Ecology and Entomology Group Lincoln University
Email Address:
duncanr@lincoln.ac.nz
Individual: Robert Westfall
Organization:Institute of Forest Genetics, PSW Research Station US Forest Service
Email Address:
rwestfal@dendrome.ucdavis.edu
Individual: Joseph Elkinton
Organization:Department of Entomology University of Massachusetts
Email Address:
elkinton@ent.umass.edu
Metadata Providers:
Individual: Callie Bowdish

Data Set Characteristics

Geographic Region:
Geographic Description:different regions including Missouri, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Spain, California, Minnesota, Canada and Spain
Bounding Coordinates:
West:  -180.0  degrees
East:  180.0  degrees
North:  90.0  degrees
South:  -90.0  degrees
Time Period:
Begin:
1978
End:
1998

Sampling, Processing and Quality Control Methods

Step by Step Procedures
Step 1:  
Description:

Methods

Individual seed production data from 59 populations of 24 species of plants was obtained. All available datasets that reported individual plant data were used and, within these studies, we included all individuals that reproduced at least once during the course of the study. Studies ranged from 4 to 22 years in length. Methods for estimating seed productivity ranged across studies. In order to investigate the potential for selection acting on different components of masting, we compared plant species according to their growth form (herbaceous or woody) and their primary pollen vector (animal or wind/gravity). We were unable to effectively compare species according to their primary seed dispersal vector because of poor representation in our data of species dispersed by mutualistic frugivores.

More detailed information regarding the methods and how the data was used appear in the publication, 'Dissecting components of population-level variation in seed production and the evolution of masting behavior', Walter D. Koenig et al., Oikos 102:581-591, 2003.

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