Discussion of the distribution and abundance of living organisms and how these properties are affected by interactions between the organisms and their environment
2 posts • Page 1 of 1
I guess it would depend on what system you are working in. But sampling transects are an often used method to identify plant diversity in an area. Basically write down presence/absence of bryophyte species every Xm as you walk along a line Ym long. Repeat several times for replication. Then you could try and fit your data to a species-area curve (diversity on Y-axis, area surveyed on X-axis). Usually, after a given distance, species diversity reaches an asymptote. If your data are asymptotic, you have probably captured most/all of the species diversity with your sampling method. If not, you probably need to sample further to capture the total diversity of the system.
Who is online
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests