Connell Rainforest Plot Network: Longitudinal Variation in Seedling Recruitment in Eight Species, Davies Creek Plot, Dinden National Park, Queensland, Australia, 1965–2004

Abstract: This data package shows longitudinal variation in seedling recruitment, the proportion of all recruits, and the corresponding number of standing seedlings for eight species of trees. These demonstrate that there is considerable variation in seedling recruitment across both species and time. These data are used to produce the graphs found in figures 5.18 on page 141.

This plot consists of one 1.7 hectare plot in tropical rainforest, established in 1963. Rainforest tree attributes recorded comprise the size (height or girth) of tagged and mapped, free-standing stems of shrub and tree species. Sampling has been undertaken at intervals of 1-6 years since 1963, and this data package describes longitudinal variation in seedling recruitment over almost four decades. This data package forms part of the collection of vegetation data undertaken at plots situated in both Lamington National Park and Davies Creek initiated by Professor Joseph H. Connell (University of California, Santa Barbara) in 1963. A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Connell Rainforest Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c13444388e1b. Sampling method: The Dinden National Park Plot is a 1.7 hectare plot.The plot was selected by Prof. Joseph H. Connell in 1963 on the advice of his CSIRO collaborators Dr Len Webb and Mr Geoff Tracey, and was chosen for three reasons; it was accessible, it was unlogged, and a smaller 0.4 ha plot belonging to the Queensland Department of Forestry had already been established there in 1951. This plot is one of two plots established by Connell in 1963 – the other is in subtropical rainforest near O’Reilly’s Guesthouse in Lamington National Park, 65 km south of Brisbane. The same sampling methods are employed at both plots, at intervals of 1-6 years. Project funding: The National Science Foundation was the sole funder of this research between 1963 and 2003. The plots were unfunded from 2003–2011. Between 2012 and 2018 this project was solely funded through the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN)a facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy. These data were curated and published with strategic funds from a TERN initiative to publish long term data packages from the book Lindenmayer et al. 2014 Biodiversity and Environmental Change: Monitoring, Challenges and Direction.
Type
collection
Title
Connell Rainforest Plot Network: Longitudinal Variation in Seedling Recruitment in Eight Species, Davies Creek Plot, Dinden National Park, Queensland, Australia, 1965–2004
Alternate Title
Connell Rainforest Plot Network: Longitudinal Variation In Seedling Recruitment Davies Creek, 1965–2004
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c343010f0aea
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
This data package shows longitudinal variation in seedling recruitment, the proportion of all recruits, and the corresponding number of standing seedlings for eight species of trees.
Full Description
Abstract: This data package shows longitudinal variation in seedling recruitment, the proportion of all recruits, and the corresponding number of standing seedlings for eight species of trees. These demonstrate that there is considerable variation in seedling recruitment across both species and time. These data are used to produce the graphs found in figures 5.18 on page 141.

This plot consists of one 1.7 hectare plot in tropical rainforest, established in 1963. Rainforest tree attributes recorded comprise the size (height or girth) of tagged and mapped, free-standing stems of shrub and tree species. Sampling has been undertaken at intervals of 1-6 years since 1963, and this data package describes longitudinal variation in seedling recruitment over almost four decades. This data package forms part of the collection of vegetation data undertaken at plots situated in both Lamington National Park and Davies Creek initiated by Professor Joseph H. Connell (University of California, Santa Barbara) in 1963. A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Connell Rainforest Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c13444388e1b. Sampling method: The Dinden National Park Plot is a 1.7 hectare plot.The plot was selected by Prof. Joseph H. Connell in 1963 on the advice of his CSIRO collaborators Dr Len Webb and Mr Geoff Tracey, and was chosen for three reasons; it was accessible, it was unlogged, and a smaller 0.4 ha plot belonging to the Queensland Department of Forestry had already been established there in 1951. This plot is one of two plots established by Connell in 1963 – the other is in subtropical rainforest near O’Reilly’s Guesthouse in Lamington National Park, 65 km south of Brisbane. The same sampling methods are employed at both plots, at intervals of 1-6 years. Project funding: The National Science Foundation was the sole funder of this research between 1963 and 2003. The plots were unfunded from 2003–2011. Between 2012 and 2018 this project was solely funded through the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN)a facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy. These data were curated and published with strategic funds from a TERN initiative to publish long term data packages from the book Lindenmayer et al. 2014 Biodiversity and Environmental Change: Monitoring, Challenges and Direction.
Methods
1
Plot setup
Prof Joseph H. Connell (University of California at Santa Barbara) established a long-term forest dynamics plot in 1963, in tropical rainforest at Davies Creek National Park 25 km south west of Cairns. The plot is 1.7 hectare, and was established over an existing an existing 0.4 ha plot established by the Queensland Department of Forestry in 1951. This plot has never been logged.
2
Seedling counts
The total number of recruit seedlings for each species was censused on the standard seedling census transects (total sampling area 1628 m2; see Connell Plots in Burns et al. [in press]) in 25 surveys between 1965 and 2004. These totals varied across two orders of magnitude between the eight species, so to facilitate comparisons between them, recruitment within species at each survey was also scaled as a proportion of the total for that species across all surveys. The standing crop of seedlings is (≤ 30 cm tall) can only be estimated in census years in which both births (new seedling recruits) and deaths (plants that died since the previous survey) are censused simultaneously. Seedling recruitment and mortality surveys have coincided on 12 occasions between 1965 and 2004.
See: Burns E, Tennant P, Boyer T, Nolan K, Dickman C, Gillespie G, Green P, Hoffmann A, Keith D, Lindenmayer D, Metcalfe D, Russell-Smith J, Wardle G, and Williams D. The Long Term Ecological Research Network, Australia: Objectives, Design and Methods. LTERN, Australia, http://hdl.handle.net/1885/130887
File Descriptions
crft_longitudinal_variation_in_seedling_recruitment_1965-2004_p369t632_wide_format.csv
census_year
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definitionYear of census
descriptionData used to generate the graphs in Figure 5.18 on p 141 of the book Lindenmayer et al. 2014 Biodiversity and Environmental Change in wide format
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number_of_new_recruits_ceratopetalum_succirubrum
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number_of_new_recruits_cryptocarya_angulata
definitionNumber of new Cryptocarya angulata recruits
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number_of_new_recruits_cryptocarya_corrugata
definitionNumber of new Cryptocarya corrugata recruits
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ratio standard unitnumber
number_of_new_recruits_darlingia_darlingiana
definitionNumber of new Darlingia darlingiana recruits
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
number_of_new_recruits_franciscodendron_laurifolium
definitionNumber of new Franciscodendron laurifolium recruits
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ratio standard unitnumber
number_of_new_recruits_niemeyera_sp_mt_lewis
definitionNumber of new Niemeyera sp. Mt Lewis recruits
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number_of_new_recruits_syzygium_endophloium
definitionNumber of new Syzygium endophloium recruits
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number_of_standing_seedlings_cardwellia_sublimis
definitionNumber of standing Cardwellia sublimis seedlings
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ratio standard unitnumber
number_of_standing_seedlings_ceratopetalum_succirubrum
definitionNumber of standing Ceratopetalum succirubrum seedlings
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number_of_standing_seedlings_cryptocarya_angulata
definitionNumber of standing Cryptocarya angulata seedlings
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number_of_standing_seedlings_cryptocarya_corrugata
definitionNumber of standing Cryptocarya corrugata seedlings
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number_of_standing_seedlings_darlingia_darlingiana
definitionNumber of standing Darlingia darlingiana seedlings
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definitionNumber of standing Franciscodendron laurifolium seedlings
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number_of_standing_seedlings_niemeyera_sp_mt_lewis
definitionNumber of standing Niemeyera sp. Mt Lewis seedlings
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ratio standard unitdimensionless
number_of_standing_seedlings_syzygium_endophloium
definitionNumber of standing Syzygium endophloium seedlings
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proportion_of_recruits_cardwellia_sublimis
definitionProportion of recruits comprising of Cardwellia sublimis
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ratio standard unitnumber
proportion_of_recruits_ceratopetalum_succirubrum
definitionProportion of recruits comprising of Ceratopetalum succirubrum
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ratio standard unitnumber
proportion_of_recruits_cryptocarya_angulata
definitionProportion of recruits comprising of Cryptocarya angulata
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ratio standard unitnumber
proportion_of_recruits_cryptocarya_corrugata
definitionProportion of recruits comprising of Cryptocarya corrugata
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitnumber
proportion_of_recruits_darlingia_darlingiana
definitionProportion of recruits comprising of Darlingia darlingiana
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ratio standard unitnumber
proportion_of_recruits_franciscodendron_laurifolium
definitionProportion of recruits comprising of Franciscodendron laurifolium
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proportion_of_recruits_niemeyera_sp_mt_lewis
definitionProportion of recruits comprising of Niemeyera sp. Mt Lewis
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ratio standard unitnumber
proportion_of_recruits_syzygium_endophloium
definitionProportion of recruits comprising of Syzygium endophloium
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ratio standard unitnumber
crft_longitudinal_variation_in_seedling_recruitment_1965-2004_p369t902_long_format.csv
census_year
date time formatYYYY
definitionYear of census
descriptionData used to generate the graphs in Figure 5.18 on p 141 of the book Lindenmayer et al. 2014 Biodiversity and Environmental Change in long format
number of records177
number_of_new_recruits
definitionNumber of new recruits
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
number_of_standing_seedlings
definitionNumber of standing seedlings
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
proportion_of_recruits
definitionProportion of recruits
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitnumber
species_id
definitionSpecies identifier
nominal text definitionCharacter
species_name
definitionSpecies scientific name
nominal text definitionCharacter
crft_longitudinal_variation_in_seedling_recruitment_summary_table_1965-2004_p369t898.csv
average_new_recruits
definitionAverage number of new recruits per survey
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitnumber
coefficient_of_variation
definitionCoefficient of variation (%)
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitnumber
descriptionSummary table of new recruits data
number of records9
species_id
definitionSpecies identifier
nominal text definitionCharacter
species_name
definitionSpecies scientific name
nominal text definitionCharacter
standard_deviation
definitionSample standard deviation
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sum_of_new_recruits
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ratio number typeinteger
ratio standard unitnumber
Contact Email
P.Green@latrobe.edu.au
Contact Address
Biological Sciences II LaTrobe University Bundoora, Vic., 3086 Australia
Contact Phone Number
+61 3 9479 3675
Contact Fax Number
+61 3 9479 1188
Principal Investigator
Peter Green
Supervisors
Peter Green
Collaborators
Joseph Connell; Bob Black; Meg Lowman
Fields of Research
0602 - Ecology
Keywords
GCMD:Earth Science > Biosphere> Ecological Dynamics > Community Dynamics > Plant Succession; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Vegetation structure; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Plant species composition; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Plant species abundance; keyword:Seedling recruitment; Connell Rainforest; Davies Creek; Longitudinal Variation In Seedling Recruitment
Type of Research Activity
Strategic basic research
Date Coverage
1965
2004
Geospatial Location
text
Davies Creek Plot, Dinden National Park, Queensland, Australia
iso19139dcmiBox
northlimit = -17.0316; southlimit = -17.0361; westlimit = 145.622; eastLimit = 145.626
Date of data creation
2015-06-26
Year of data publication
2015
Creator(s) for Citation
Peter
Green
Publisher for Citation
Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), ANU Data Commons, The Australian National University
Publications
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1885/130887
The Long Term Ecological Research Network: Objectives, design and methods
Burns E, Tennant P, Boyer T, Nolan K, Dickman C, Gillespie G, Green P, Hoffmann A, Keith D, Lindenmayer D, Metcalfe D, Russell-Smith J, Wardle G & Williams D (2015). The Long Term Ecological Research Network, Australia: Objectives, design and methods, LTERN, Australia, http://hdl.handle.net/1885/130887
isbn
9780643108578
Biodiversity and Environmental Change: Monitoring, Challenges and Direction.
Lindenmayer et al. 2014 Biodiversity and Environmental Change: Monitoring, Challenges and Direction, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Vic.
Related Websites
https://hdl.handle.net/1885/130861
ANU Open Research, Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) collection.
Other Related Identifiers
MorphoId:ltern.184; PackageId:369
Access Rights
Prior to publication of research utilising this data - the data provider (Dr Peter Green) requests consultation.
Access Rights Type
Open
Rights held in and over the data
Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia (CC BY-SA 3.0 AU) is assigned to this data. Details of the licence can be found at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/au/
Licence Type
CC-BY-SA - Attribution-SharedAlice (Version 4.0)
Licence
LTERN Deed: 37 Date of execution:2014-01-23 Licence:TERN-BY-SA
Retention Period
Indefinitely
Data Management Plan
No
Status: Published
Published to:
  • Australian National University
  • Australian National Data Service
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