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Stresses the importance to ecology of field experiments where variables are manipulated in order to collect data on specific hypotheses, as opposed to the more passive observational method. Contents include: Ecological problems and how they are approached; Minimal requirements of experimental design in ecology; Trade-offs in ecological experimentation; Experts in forests; Experiments in terrestrial successional communities; Experiments in arid environments; Experiments in fresh water; Experiments in marine environments; and conclusions to be drawn from field experiments.
' ... when it comes to writing about ecological experimentation Hairston is unbeatable. This is the best ecology book to appear in several years. It is instructional, entertaining and unmatched in the breadth and distinction of its scholarship.' Michael J. Crawley, Nature
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