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A Vegetation Analysis of the Great Smoky Mountains, 1948 August 4

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 3
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Robert Harding Whittaker submitted this thesis (entitled A Vegetation Analysis of the Great Smoky Mountains) on 1948 August 4 in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology at the University of Illinois-Urbana. In it, he analyzes the structures and patterning of plant communities in a region largely untouched by human interruptions: the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Whittaker focuses on a new analytical approach to the ecological study of vegetation, namely community structures (a new hypothesis of major gradients of elevation and topography). According to Whittaker, his study is intended to provide a background for future studies incorporating insect and animal ecologies of mountain environments. The document includes numerous charts, data tables, and graphs depicting the variations of tree, shrub, and herb species at different moisture levels and elevations. This thesis is a facsimile of the original.


  • 1948 August 4

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From the Collection: 0.4 Linear Feet

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(3 of 4)

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Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA