The essential insider's guide for ecologists at all career stages – now completely updated and expanded
Most books and courses in ecology focus on facts and concepts but do little to explain the process of research. How to Do Ecology provides nuts-and-bolts advice for organizing and conducting a successful research program. This fully updated and expanded edition explains how to ask and answer your own research questions using compelling study design and appropriate stats. Ecology doesn't take place exclusively outdoors, so the book shares invaluable insights on topics such as identifying your goals, developing professional relationships, reading efficiently, and organizing a field season. Because the currency in ecology is publications, it also suggests effective ways to communicate your ideas through journal articles, oral presentations, posters, and grant proposals. This incisive handbook makes explicit many of the unstated rules that ecologists follow and serves as a practical resource for meaningful conversations about ecology.
This new edition includes:
- Expanded emphasis on collecting and interpreting observational data
- An innovative new workshop for generating and evaluating creative research questions
- Helpful tips on developing the skills most important to students, navigating your career path, writing efficiently, and more
Richard Karban is a professor of entomology in the Graduate Group in Ecology and Center for Population Biology at the University of California, Davis. His books include Plant Sensing and Communication. Mikaela Huntzinger is a research associate at the University of California, Davis, where she also runs workshops and courses on graduate education. Ian S. Pearse is a research ecologist at the US Geological Survey in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Reviews of previous editions:
"[A] refreshing, concise work aimed primarily at those contemplating or performing ecological research studies. The authors' approach will be equally beneficial to those in various other areas of study [...] Highly recommended."
"This book is a wealth of information for beginning professionals."
– Erika V. Iyengar, American Biology Teacher
"How to Do Ecology contains much of the sage advice that good supervisors have been giving their postgraduate students for years [...] [I]t's absolutely correct and vital information."
– Robyn K. Whipp, Austral Ecology
"Reading this book feels like having a good talk during a long walk in the woods with a wise and experienced advisor who really has the time to distill and share years of thinking about how ecological research works. Get it, and keep it handy, and your work will be the richer and more successful for it."
– Jessica Gurevitch, Stony Brook University
"This 'concise handbook' is excellent in helping the targeted audience, as well as land managers, amateurs, and others in understanding how ecological research is done."
– Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist