Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. J. D. Doyle

Second Advisor

Dr. R. Brewer

Third Advisor

Dr. E. Ehrle

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


A floristic study of Seidman Park, Kent County, Michigan was performed. The study identified 521 vascular plants belonging to 96 families and 284 genera. The plant communities of Seidman Park were delimited by identification of dominant species and observation of the physical environment. It was believed that communities existed within the upland forest that could not be identified by observation alone. The use of Non-Metric Multidimensional Scaling (NMS) ordination techniques identified three communities within the upland forest. These were a xeric community, a dry-mesic community and a nutrient-rich community. Three sub-communities of the dry-mesic community were also identified.

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