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C. Philip Wheater , James R. Bell , Penny A. Cook
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7 Jun 2011 0470694297 978-0470694299 1
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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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (7 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470694297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470694299
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“I would certainly recommend this book to be used as a textbook for students undertaking higher level VET (Vocational EducationTraining) Certificates and Diplomas, as well as applications for first and second year levels of university.”  ( Austral Ecology , 1 October 2013) “This will be a great boom to tutors on residential field courses or lecturers supervising student projects as a part of degree courses, particularly those concerned with animal ecology, though there is much sound advice for those working on other groups of organisms.”  ( Biodiversity and Conservation , 1 October 2012) “With all the points above in mind, I know that I will make this book available to all my students. In fact, having read it, I can now even answer questions about slurp guns.”  ( 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)  

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Practical Field Ecology: A Project Guide introduces students to experimental design, field monitoring skills for plants and animals, data analysis and interpretation, as well as report writing and presentation. Clearly structured throughout and written in a student–friendly manner, the book concentrates on the techniques required to design field–based surveys for a wide range of organisms, habitats and ecological projects. The text is divided into six chapters. The first chapter covers planning, including health and safety and an introduction to the factors needed to be taken into account to enable the statistical analysis of data. Following a chapter dealing with site characterisation, chapters three and four describe the techniques used to survey and census particular groups of organisms (covering static and mobile species respectively). The penultimate chapter provides an overview of possible data analysis techniques appropriate for interpreting ecological field data. The final chapter covers presenting data and writing up the research, emphasising appropriate wording of interpretation and the structure and content of the final report Practical Field Ecology provides a complete resource for students taking them through all the stages of field research from inception, through implementation to presentation, helping them to develop the skills necessary for their academic and professional career.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book... had everything I need 1 Aug 2013
By jaz123
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Found this book really useful . A lot more readable than other books on the same subject. Very impressed. Would recommend it for anyone interested in planning ecological surveys, survey techniques and basic presentation of information. Would suit those up to degree level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on! 21 Jun 2013
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Really going to help me with university. I'm looking forward to getting stuck into it a bit more. £rd year should hopefully run a bit smoother now..
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect 26 Jan 2013
By Tegz1
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perfect for my uni course! it has served me well and has made ecology seem easy and very understandable to me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 11 Feb 2012
By Daisy
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Its just what I needed to compliment my ecological assessment course. The book is new as described and cheaper here than anywhere else ive seen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 17 Nov 2011
By Mik
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It's a book about field ecology. It describes field ecology very well..
Just what you would expect from a book about field ecology.
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