Phenology of tropical dry forests in the Caribbean

dc.contributor.advisor Hulshof, Catherine Mateo-Jiménez, Amelia L. College of Arts and Sciences - Art en_US
dc.contributor.committee van Ee, Benjamin W.
dc.contributor.committee Puente-Rolón, Alberto R.
dc.contributor.department Department of Biology en_US
dc.contributor.representative Guzmán, Aiko 2019-04-30T13:44:40Z 2019-04-30T13:44:40Z 2018-01-23 en_US
dc.description.abstract Tropical dry forests exhibit difficulties in the identification of phenological patterns of plants and changes in functional traits of animals in response to climatic variables. Our goal is to determine how the phenology of woody plants and functional traits of bat communities are affected by the climate in the dry forest of the Jaragua National Park. A sampling plot was established where all diaspores were counted over 35 months, mist nets were used to capture bats. The results showed that our hypothesis was correct, plant dispersion syndromes were asynchronous. Zoochorous species peaks were in wet season vs anemochorous peaks in the dry season, responding to the requirements for plant dispersion. We found that relative humidity and precipitation were the climatic variables affecting the phenology pattern. The bat community showed a close relationship between functional traits and seasonality, where the dry season presented individuals with larger functional traits. en_US
dc.description.graduationSemester Spring en_US
dc.description.graduationYear 2018 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Ministerio de Educación Superior Ciencia y Tecnología (MESCyT) and the program Fondo Nacional de Innovación y Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico (FONDOCyT) of the Dominican Republic for support the project “Lluvia de semillas de plantas leñosas en tres bosques de la República Dominicana” where this thesis work is derived. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.holder (c) Mateo Jiménez en_US
dc.rights.license All rights reserved en_US
dc.subject Phenology en_US
dc.subject Tropical Dry Forest en_US
dc.subject Bats en_US
dc.subject seeds en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Tropical dry forests--Dominican Republic en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Woody plants--Phenology en_US
dc.title Phenology of tropical dry forests in the Caribbean en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dspace.entity.type Publication Biology en_US M.S. en_US
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