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The Ecological Detective: Confronting Models With Data

Monograph

Series: Monographs in Population Biology Volume: 28

By: Ray Hilborn and Marc Mangel

315 pages, 67 figs, 27 tabs

Princeton University Press

Paperback | Apr 1997 | #65329 | ISBN: 0691034974
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Hardback | Dec 1997 | #65330 | ISBN: 0691034966
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About this book

The modern ecologist usually works in both the field and laboratory, uses statistics and computers, and often works with ecological concepts that are model-based, if not model-driven. How do we make the field and laboratory coherent? How do we link models and data? How do we use statistics to help experimentation? How do we integrate modeling and statistics? How do we confront multiple hypotheses with data and assign degrees of belief to different hypotheses? How do we deal with time series (in which data are linked from one measurement to the next) or put multiple sources of data into one inferential framework? These are the kinds of questions asked and answered by this book in which Hilborn and Mangel investigate ecological data much as a detective would investigate a crime scene by trying different hypotheses until a coherent picture emerges.
`This book is full of practical, intellectually sophisticated advice [and] is a signal contribution...to the field', Robert D. Holt, Professor of Systematics and Ecology, University of Kansas


Contents

<table><TR><TD> <TD>Preface: Beyond the Null Hypothesis <TD>An Ecological Scenario and the Tools of the Ecological Detective <TR><TD>2 <TD>Alternative Views of the Scientific Method and of Modeling <TR><TD>3 <TD>Probability and Probability Models: Know Your Data <TR><TD>4 <TD>Incidental Catch in Fisheries: Seabirds in the New Zealand Squid Trawl Fishery <TR><TD>5 <TD>The Confrontation: Sum of Squares <TR><TD>6 <TD>The Evolutionary Ecology of Insect Oviposition Behavior <TR><TD>7 <TD>The Confrontation: Likelihood and Maximum Likelihood <TR><TD>8 <TD>Conservation Biology of Wildebeest in the Serengeti <TR><TD>9 <TD>The Confrontation: Bayesian Goodness of Fit <TR><TD>10 <TD>Management of Hake Fisheries in Namibia Motivation <TR><TD>11 <TD>The Confrontation: Understanding How the Best Fit Is Found <TR><TD>Appendix <TD>"The Method of Multiple Working Hypotheses" <TR><TD> <TD>References <TR><TD> <TD>Index

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