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Practical Methods in Ecology


By: Peter A Henderson

163 pages, B/w photos, illus, figs, tabs


Paperback | Jan 2003 | #133209 | ISBN: 1405102446
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Undergraduate textbook aimed specifically at field techniques within ecology, giving specific worked examples from the main ecosystems studied at this level - seashore, lakes and ponds, field and woodland. A `how-to' guide shows exactly how to carry out each technique and the principles behind each technique are firmly emphasised. Emphasis is also placed on the equipment involved - how to make it and where to buy it.

A valuable manual for field workers in ecology. It is well thought out, identifying common pitfalls facing novice researchers. J Burger, Rutgers, CHOICE, October 2003 "This is an excellent book...There can be few teachers and practically no students who would not benefit from consulting Henderson's book." Journal of Biological Education, Winter 2005


1. Estimating absolute population number by sampling a unit of habitat 2. Estimating absolute population size - Mark-recapture estimates 3. Distance sampling methods for absolute population estimation 4. Removal sampling to estimate absolute population size 5. Comparing the magnitude of populations - relative methods 6. Population indices 7. Alpha diversity and spcies richness

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Peter Henderson is an ecologist with more than 25 years' experience working on population dynamics of fish and invertebrates in Europe, North America, and Amazonia. His wide--ranging interests include community dynamics, evolutionary theory, and the taxonomy of ostracods. He is a director of the ecological consultancy Pisces Conservation Ltd and lectures at the University of Oxford.

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