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Field techniques for ecologists and environmental scientists

Author: C Philip Wheater; Penny A Cook; James Bell
Publisher: Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English

This book introduces experimental design and data analysis as well as field monitoring skills for both plants and animals. Written in a student-friendly manner, the book concentrates on the  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C Philip Wheater; Penny A Cook; James Bell
ISBN: 9780470694282 0470694289 0470694297 9780470694299
OCLC Number: 665137224
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Contents: Tables. Figures. Boxes. Case Studies. Preface. Acknowledgements. 1 Preparation. Choosing a topic for study. Ecological research questions. Monitoring individual species and groups of species. Monitoring species richness. Monitoring population sizes and density. Monitoring community structure. Monitoring behaviour. A note of caution. Creating aims, objectives and hypotheses. Reviewing the literature. Primary literature. Secondary literature. Other sources of information. Search terms. Reading papers. Practical considerations. Legal aspects. Health and safety issues. Implementation. Time management. Project design and data management. Designing and setting up experiments and surveys. Types of data. Sampling designs. Planning statistical analysis. Choosing sampling methods. Summary. 2 Monitoring site characteristics. Site selection. Site characterisation. Habitat mapping. Examination of landscape scale. Measuring microclimatic variables. Monitoring substrates. Monitoring water. Other physical attributes. Measuring biological attributes. Identification. 3 Sampling static organisms. Sampling techniques for static organisms. Quadrat sampling. Pin-frames. Transects. Distribution of static organisms. Forestry techniques. 4 Sampling mobile organisms. General issues. Distribution of mobile organisms. Direct observation. Behaviour. Indirect methods. Capture techniques. Marking individuals. Radio-tracking. Invertebrates. Direct observation. Indirect methods. Capture techniques. Marking individuals. Capturing aquatic invertebrates. Netting. Suction sampling. Benthic coring. Drags, dredges and grabs. Wet extraction. Artificial substrate samplers. Baited traps. Capturing soil-living invertebrates. Dry sieving. Floatation and phase-separation. Tullgren funnels as a method of dry extraction. Chemical extraction. Electrical extraction. Capturing ground-active invertebrates. Pitfall traps. Suction samplers. Emergence traps. Capturing invertebrates from plants. Pootering. Sweep netting. Beating. Fogging. Capturing airborne invertebrates. Sticky traps. Using attractants. Refuges. Flight interception (window and malaise) traps. Light traps. Rotary traps. Water traps. Fish. Direct observation. Indirect methods. Capture techniques. Marking individuals. Amphibians. Direct observation. Indirect methods. Capture techniques. Marking individuals. Reptiles. Direct observation. Indirect methods. Capture techniques. Marking individuals. Birds. Direct observation. Indirect methods. Capture techniques. Marking individuals. Mammals. Direct observation. Indirect methods. Capture techniques. Marking individuals. 5 Analysing and interpreting information. Keys to tests. Exploring and describing data. Transforming and screening data. Spatial and temporal distributions. Population estimation techniques: densities and population sizes. Richness and diversity. Similarity, dissimilarity and distance coefficients. Recording descriptive statistics. Testing hypotheses using basic statistical tests and simple general linear models. Differences between samples. Relationships between variables. Associations between frequency distributions. More advanced general linear models for predictive analysis. Multiple regression. Analysis of covariance and multivariate analysis of variance. Discriminant function analysis. Generalized linear models. Extensions of the generalized linear model. Statistical methods to examine pattern and structure in communities: classification, indicator species and ordination. Classification. Indicator species analysis. Ordination. 6 Presenting the information. Structure. Title. Abstract. Acknowledgements. Contents. Introduction. Methods. Results. Discussion. References. Appendices. Writing style. Tense. Numbers. Abbreviations. Punctuation. Choice of font. Common mistakes. Computer files. Summary. References. Appendix 1 Glossary of statistical terms. Index.
Responsibility: by Charles Philip Wheater, Penny Cook, James Bell.


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