sampling site more important than the other for conservation?

The data from the first 20 quadrats are:

Site id Pinus banksiana Thuja occidentalis Dasiphora fruticosaA 1 1 1A 0 0 1A 1 1 1A 0 0 1A 0 0 1A 1 1 1A 1 1 1A 0 1 1A 1 1 1A 0 0 1B 0 0 1B 0 1 1B 1 1 1B 0 1 1B 1 1 1B 0 1 1B 1 1 1B 1 0 1B 1 1 1B 1 1 1

3. One of the key species in this community, jack pine, may be impacted by climatechange in Ontario. In his undergraduate thesis, Gary Whelan examined climatefactors that may affect jack pine growth. I have provided digital versions of datafrom his thesis on tree volume (Appendix 1.1. Average provenance volumes (dmˆ3);saved as “Whelan2020volumes.csv”) and various climate factors (Appendix 1.11.Climatic variables for each provenance at Fraserdale from 1971-2000; saved as“Whelan2020Fraserdaleclimate1971-2000.txt”).

a. Using the data provided, plot the tree volume at the Fraserdale site vs the averageminimum winter temperature (named “Tmin_wt”). Remember to check that yourdata import has been successful.

b. Using a linear regression, determine if a linear function adequately characterizesthe relationship between tree volume and minimum winter temperature.

c. What evidence supports or fails to support your claim?

d. Superimpose the fitted regression line on your data plot.

e. Using your plot and regression, provide a description of the niche of jack pine withrespect to minimum winter temperatures.


4. Your alvar community data was only provided to you as a .pdf. I converted the datafrom Whelan (2020) for you, but this was also provided only as a .pdf by the author.Describe any difficulties you experienced as a result of this data format.

Literature cited

Whelan, G. (2020). Jack pine fitness under current and future climate (UndergraduateThesis). Faculty of Natural Resources Management, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay,Ontario.