Benjamin/Cummings, 1999 - Science - 620 pages
This coherent text translates the methods of statisticians into "ecological English" so that students may readily apply these methods to the real world. Ecological Methodology, Second Edition provides a balance of material on animal and plant populations. It teaches students of ecology how to design the most efficient tests in order to obtain maximum precision with minimal work. The first part of the text focuses on biological and technical issues in statistical methodology. Students learn about advances that have been made in designing better sampling devices, along with the techniques and equipment used for sampling. The second part deals with creating solid statistical design, and presents all methods that are well-known to statisticians in a language and context that students will easily understand.
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While most statisticians do not approve of systematic sampling, most ecologists
working with field plots use some form of systematic layout of plots. Systematic
sampling achieves coverage of the entire study area, which ecologists often
Community ecologists face a special set of statistical problems in attempting to
characterize and measure the properties of communities of plants and animals.
Some community studies, such as energetic analyses, need only apply the
11.5.3 Classification Classification is often the final goal of community analyses,
so that ecologists can assign names to classes or groups. Classification is
especially important in applied ecology and conservation. Ecologists have