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Leaf-level trade-offs between drought avoidance and desiccation recovery drive elevation stratification in arid oaks: site environmental data, individual tree stem and leaf physiological data, and analyses

    We investigated whether oak species in the Chiricahua Mountains were 1) elevationally stratified, 2) whether that stratification was correlated with temperature minima, maxima, and water availability, 3) if physiological tolerances to freezing or drought stress correlated with elevation ranges, and 4) if traits important to local (elevation) distributions were correlated with climatic values of the wider species ranges. Data were collected at field sites from wild, adult trees in the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, USA from 2014-2015.

    Southwestern Region (Region 3) Geospatial Data

      The Southwestern Region is 20.6 million acres. There are six national forests in Arizona, five national forests and a national grassland in New Mexico, and one national grassland each in Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle.The region ranges in elevation from 1,600 feet above sea level and an annual rain fall of 8 inches in Arizona's lower Sonoran Desert to 13,171-foot high Wheeler Peak and over 35 inches of precipitation a year in northern New Mexico.