Particularly useful for students and researchers dealing with complex ecological problems, such as the variation of biotic communities with environmental conditions or the response of biotic communities to experimental manipulation. Data sets and program files for the case studies are provided on a supporting website.
1. Introduction and data manipulation; 2. Experimental design; 3. Basics of gradient analysis; 4. Using Canoco; 5. Constrained ordination and permutation tests; 6. Similarity measures; 7. Classification methods; 8. Regression methods; 9. Advanced use of ordination; 10. Visualising multivariate data; 11. Case study 1: variation in forest bird assemblages; 12. Case study 2: search for community composition patterns and their environmental correlates: vegetation of spring meadows; 13. Case study 3: separating the effects of explanatory variables; 14. Case study 4: evaluation of experiments in randomised complete blocks; 15. Case study 5: analysis of repeated observations of species composition from factorial experiment; 16. Case study 6: hierarchical analysis of crayfish community variation; 17. Case study 7: differentiating two species and their hybrids with discriminant analysis.
Dr Jan Leps is Professor of Ecology in the Department of Botany at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic. Dr Petr Smilauer is Lecturer in Multivariate Statistics at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic.
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