Matrix population models from 20 studies of perennial plant populations Journal Article uri icon



  • Demographic transition matrices are among the most commonly applied population models for both basic and applied ecological research. The relatively simple framework of these models and simple, easily interpretable summary statistics they produce have prompted the wide use of these models across an exceptionally broad range of taxa. Here, we provide annual transition matrices and observed stage structures/population sizes for 20 perennial plant species which have been the focal species for long‐term demographic monitoring. These data were assembled as part of the “Testing Matrix Models” working group through the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). The data represent 82 populations with >460 total population‐years of observations. It is our hope that making these data available will help promote and improve our ability to monitor and understand plant population dynamics.The complete data sets corresponding to abstracts published in the Data Papers section of the journal are published electronically in Ecological Archives at 〈〉. (The accession number for each Data Paper is given directly beneath the title.)

publication date

  • April 1, 2012

has restriction

  • bronze

Date in CU Experts

  • December 18, 2014 8:12 AM

Full Author List

  • Ellis MM; Williams JL; Lesica P; Bell TJ; Bierzychudek P; Bowles M; Crone EE; Doak DF; Ehrlén J; Ellis-Adam A

author count

  • 27

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-9658

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-9170

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 951

end page

  • 951


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