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Practical Field Ecology: A Project Guide introduces experimental design and data analysis/interpretation as well as field monitoring skills for both plants and animals. Clearly structured throughout and written in a student-friendly manner, the main emphasis is on the techniques required to design a field based ecological survey, showing how to execute an appropriate sampling regime. Practical Field Ecology: A Project Guide evaluates appropriate methods, including the problems associated with various techniques and their inherent flaws (e.g. low sample sizes, large amount of field or laboratory work, high cost etc). This provides a resource base outlining details from the planning stage, into the field, guiding through sampling and finally through organism identification in the laboratory and computer based data analysis and interpretation.
The text is divided into six distinct chapters. The first chapter covers planning, including health and safety considerations, together with information on a variety of statistical techniques for examining and analysing data. Following a chapter dealing with site characterisation and general aspects of species identification, subsequent chapters describe the techniques used to survey and census particular groups of organisms. The final chapter covers interpreting and presenting data and writing up the research, with emphasis on appropriate wording of the interpretation, and the structure and content of the report.
2 Monitoring site characteristics
3 Sampling static organisms
4 Sampling mobile organisms
5 Analysing and interpreting information
6 Presenting the information
Appendix 1 Glossary of statistical terms
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- African Journal of Range & Forage Science, 1 November 2012
"It is very informative and its 606 pages are a real bargain for £45.00."
- British Ecological Society Bulletin, 1 August 2012
"Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students."
- Choice, 1 January 2012
"The book is very well structured and takes the reader through the entire process of carrying out an ecological research project in clear and logically ordered sections [...] The book contains a huge amount of information which is presented in a highly accessible way, with clear illustrations and case studies throughout."
- Elsevier's Biological Conservation, 1 January 2012
"I highly recommend the very thorough and approachable book Practical Field Ecology: A Project Guide by C. Philip Wheater, James R. Bell, and Penny A. Cook, to any students, researchers, ecologists, business people, and policy makers who are seeking a very well grounded guide to planning, executing, measuring, and reporting on any ecological project. This book provides the tools necessary to provide scientifically sound information for informed decision making in any ecology related field."
- Blog Business World, 19 November 2011