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Ecological Methodology [Paperback]

Charles J. Krebs
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23 July 1998 0321021738 978-0321021731 2

This coherent text translates the methods of statisticians into "ecological English" so that students may readily apply these methods to the real world. Ecological Methodology, Second Edition provides a balance of material on animal and plant populations. It teaches students of ecology how to design the most efficient tests in order to obtain maximum precision with minimal work. The first part of the text focuses on biological and technical issues in statistical methodology. Students learn about advances that have been made in designing better sampling devices, along with the techniques and equipment used for sampling. The second part deals with creating solid statistical design, and presents all methods that are well-known to statisticians in a language and context that students will easily understand.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings; 2 edition (23 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321021738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321021731
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 4 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,662,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Charles Krebs is Professor of Zoology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and has been teaching for 40 years. He received his B.S. from the University of Minnesota and earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. In addition to teaching ecology, he has worked extensively on the population of rodents in Northern Canada, the United States, and Australia, trying to understand the mechanisms behind population fluctuations. He has published three ecology textbooks including Ecology: The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance, Fifth Edition and Ecological Methodology, Second Edition both published by Benjamin Cummings. In his spare time, Charles can be found drinking fine wines.hors have any!) hiking and kayaking. He is married and has three cats.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This book is a must for all field biologists! It does for ecological methodology what Zar (Biostatistical Analysis) does for statistical techniques. Using relevant examples, Krebs provides a succinct overview of ecological methods including abdundance estimation, analysis of spatial distributions, sampling and experimental design, survival rates, community parameters, and much more. There is an excellent focus throughout on power analysis. Like Zar, Krebs has the gift of being able to make even mathematically complex techniques accessible to the most innumerate biologists. There is also a suite of user-friendly software that provides ready answers to your problems (available separately). I strongly recommend this revised edition to all ecologists; it is bound to improve the quality of your research!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reference 19 Feb 2008
I bought this book in 2000, and I am still using it today. Not always the easiest book to follow, especially if you are not mathematically inclined. It nevertheless rewards those prepared to put the effort in, with examples of most calculations given in an understandable form. These enable you to produce results, if your own data is up to it. Of all the books I bought as an undergraduate, this one has proved the best investment and I use it time and time again.

I don't think the software the first reviewer referred to is available any longer (I couldn't find it), but the book is still great without it
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5.0 out of 5 stars hejtehadi@science1.um.ac.ir 25 Dec 2003
The book is excellent. I would like to recommend it to all colleagues working on ecological researhes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference text 10 Nov 2000
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Krebs' text is a thorough and outstanding reference for any ecologist. This is is the ideal balance of technical background and practical application of methods commonly used in ecology. Ive found other sources either too cursory or far too involved with derivations of formulae, etc. Krebs hits the major points for the methods he discusses, describes the strengths and weaknesses, and gives the original citations (for most) so the reader can seek more information if necessary.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have book for young ecologists 28 Mar 2004
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This is a wonderful book. As a graduating senior in Ecology, I can say that there is no way I could have completed my research without this book. Krebs is cited in journal articles constantly, and there is a reason - this reference work is thorough, well written and gives many examples to follow. I also recommend the EcoMeth software mentioned in the text, it is well worth the cost. Just browsing through the book will give you ideas on how to analyze your data. It even provides wonderful advice for those just in the process of setting up their experiments. All in all, it's top notch!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very valuable but 3d edition needed pronto! 6 Jan 2013
By Stuart Hurlbert - Published on Amazon.com
This is a useful and intellectually stimulating compendium of quantitative methodologies with applications in ecology as well as other disciplines. The content is pretty well-defined by the major section headings into which the 15 chapters are grouped: Estimating Abundance in Plant and Animal Populations; Spatial Pattern in Animal and Plant Populations; Sampling and Experimental Design; Estimating Community Parameters; and Ecological Miscellanea. It wisely does not attempt to cover in any detail the large and more complex methodologies of population dynamics and statistical analysis. It should be digestible with profit by anyone with a semester of statistics under his/her belt.

As much of the literature on these methodologies has been produced by persons who are professionals in neither mathematics or statistics, there is quite a bit of chaff (to be euphemistic) that has been published on them. Krebs does a pretty fair job of sorting out all the conflicting statements and recommendations.

I have used this book as a text for a graduate seminar course in mathematical ecology. It is well suited to that purpose and to instilling critical thinking in graduate students. We generally covered only about half the chapters and did so in this manner. The students were assigned a chapter and 1-2 review articles in the primary literature on the topic treated. I gave a lecture on that topic, critiquing both the chapter itself and the assigned articles. Each student was then asked to find an article that used one of the methodologies and evaluate whether it was appropriate to the problem at hand, whether it was applied correctly, and whether another approach would have been better. It's always a bit stressful when students discover how little they can trust much of what is printed on glossy printed pages, but the better ones came away with a healthier, more skeptical attitude toward authority that should serve them well in many endeavors.

This 1999 edition was prepared about 15 years ago. While many sections are still as useful as when written, others need updating if this book is to serve much longer as the best introductory guide to the wide diversity of quantitative methodologies it covers. Write the author and tell him to get out a third edition!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Did not match description! important details left out! 20 Feb 2014
By shea caspersen - Published on Amazon.com
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corners completely worn down to the point where the card board is sticking out/ unraveling. Top of cover ripped along binding. Very good job packaging however, thus cannot blame the damage not explained in description on shipping. Name of previous owner not only written on the upper right hand corner of front paper but written across all pages so as to be visible when the book is closed! Product does not match description therefore not a trust worthy seller!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than advertised 27 Sep 2013
By Michael Borst - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was in the condition promised and got here faster than promised. Can't ask for more than that from a supplier.
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