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Demographic modeling data (including code) at various sites in the Great Basin, USA

Data for journal manuscript: Transient population dynamics impede restoration and may promote ecosystem transformation after disturbance


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Shriver, R.K., and Bradford, J.B., 2019, Demographic modeling data (including code) at various sites in the Great Basin, USA: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


These data were compiled to determine whether transient population dynamics substantially alter population growth rates of sagebrush after disturbance, impede resilience and restoration, and in turn drive ecosystem transformation. Data were collected from 2014-2016 on sagebrush population height distributions at 531 sites across the Great Basin that had burned and were subsequently reseeded by the BLM. These data include field data on sagebrush density in 6 size classes and site attributes (seeding year, sampling year, random site designation, elevation, seeding rate). Also included are modeled spring soil moisture data at each site from the year of seeding to sampling. This data release includes associated software code allows the [...]


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Robert K Shriver
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Robert K Shriver, John B Bradford
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Robert K Shriver
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U.S. Geological Survey
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
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Southwest Biological Science Center
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The purpose of these data was to understand and infer sagebrush demographic rate (survival, growth, reproduction) at various sites across the Great Basin to better understand the population dynamics of restoration and recovery following disturbance. The associated software code may be a useful template for additional inverse demographic model fitting applications in Stan ( Additional uses could be to assess sagebrush habitat structure after fire.


The author(s) of these data request that data users contact them regarding intended use and to assist with understanding limitations and interpretation. Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data for other purposes, nor on all computer systems, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.

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DOI doi:10.5066/P944D1YU

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