Masters Theses


Physical, chemical and biological characteristics contributing to vegetation distribution on the lower Missouri River floodplain


"The Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is a series of units along the Missouri River from Kansas City to Saint Louis. Overton Bottoms is one of the units in central Missouri approximately ten miles west of Columbia. The U.S. Geological Survey recently completed a report entitled "Science to support adaptive habitat management: Overton Bottoms North Unit, Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge," which describes several he geology, hydrology and biology of the area. Research related to this study has brought up many new questions. One such question pertains to the establishment and maintenance of Populus deltoides, or eastern cottonwood. This thesis research sought to describe environmental characteristics of cottonwood stands, in comparison to surrounding areas of johnson grass and xeric grasses. It is hypothesized that physiochemical variations support the distinct vegetation types which, in turn, support distinct microbial communities"--Abstract, page iii.


Niyogi, Dev

Committee Member(s)

Spooner, Jeffrey
Maglia, Anne M.


Biological Sciences

Degree Name

M.S. in Applied and Environmental Biology


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 2007


ix, 154 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.

Geographic Coverage

Missouri River
Big Muddy National Wildlife Refuge (Mo.)


© 2007 Amanda Jean Weimer, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

File Type




Subject Headings

Cottonwood -- Missouri
Floodplain plants -- Missouri River
Sedimentation and deposition -- Missouri -- Big Muddy National Wildlife Refuge

Thesis Number

T 9318

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