Effective data analysis requires familiarity with basic concepts and an ability to use a set of standard tools, as well as creativity and imagination. Tree diversity analysis provides a solid practical foundation for training in statistical methods for ecological and biodiversity studies.
This manual arose from training researchers to analyse tree diversity data collected on African farms, yet the statistical methods can be used for a wider range of organisms, for different hierarchical levels of biodiversity and for a variety of environments - making it an invaluable tool for scientists and students alike.
The manual introduces a powerful software programme, Biodiversity.R, that is capable of performing all the statistical analyses described in this book. The software is provided on CD.