This book 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 of the book concentrates
on the techniques required to design a field based ecological
survey and shows how to execute an appropriate sampling regime. The
book 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 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. The
emphasis here is on appropriate wording of interpretation and
structure and content of the report.
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