Articles | Volume 20, issue 6
Research article
24 Mar 2023
Research article |  | 24 Mar 2023

Environmental drivers of spatio-temporal dynamics in floodplain vegetation: grasslands as habitat for megafauna in Bardia National Park (Nepal)

Jitse Bijlmakers, Jasper Griffioen, and Derek Karssenberg

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