Data from: Size and fitness responses of eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) following reciprocal transplant along an estuarine gradient. 2018. Aquatic Botany 146(C): 31-38, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquabot.2018.01.005
Three data sets provide the data underlying results reported in a publication in 2018 in Aquatic Botany: Ruesink, J.L. Size and fitness responses of eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) following reciprocal transplant along an estuarine gradient. Aquatic Botany 146(C): 31-38, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquabot.2018.01.005. ArchiveInitial.csv provides shoot measurements of all shoots outplanted in a 4-site reciprocal transplant experiment in Willapa Bay, Washington, USA over 3 months in 2016. ArchiveTransplant.csv provides shoot measurements on all shoots (and ramets that branched from these shoots) retrieved at the end of the reciprocal transplant experiment. ArchiveGrowth.csv provides data on shoots (not transplanted) marked and collected for leaf extension, to calculate relative growth rate. This third table includes site-level averages as well. The hypothesis was that shoots back-transplanted to their own site would show best retrieval (persistence over 2-3 months), fitness (shoot emergence rate) and productivity (leaf emergence rate). The results largely did not support this hypothesis, as shoots from all sites performed similarly. However, growth and fitness were reduced when transplanted into eelgrass relative to nearby naturally-bare areas.