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  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Pelagic Publishing Ltd (6 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907807616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907807619
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.9 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Following an intuitive thread from data entry through to analysis and interpretation, this is intended as a comprehensive course in the main methods of community analysis, both traditional and current. The intimidating length can largely be attributed to the numerous worked examples with full output. Some techniques are demonstrated in both Excel and R, which seems superfluous, since the latter is almost invariably superior. I would have liked more on GREP, an invaluable tool for checking and formatting data, and a notable weakness of Excel. Overall this is a useful resource for postgraduate students, but it could have been more concise and selective.--Markus Eichhorn "Frontiers of Biogeography "

About the Author

Mark Gardener (www.gardenersown.co.uk) is an ecologist, lecturer, and writer working in the UK. His primary area of research was in pollination ecology and he has worked in the UK and around the word (principally Australia and the United States). Since his doctorate he has worked in many areas of ecology, often as a teacher and supervisor. He believes that ecological data, especially community data, is the most complicated and ill-behaved and is consequently the most fun to work with. He was introduced to R by a like-minded pedant whilst working in Australia during his doctorate. Learning R was not only fun but opened up a new avenue, making the study of community ecology a whole lot easier. He is currently self-employed and runs courses in ecology, data analysis, and R for a variety of organizations. Mark lives in rural Devon with his wife Christine, a biochemist who consequently has little need of statistics.


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I bought this book a year or so ago to help me with my PhD work. I honestly don't know what I'd have done without it - particularly as one of my advisors said that he wasn't aware of any really good stats books specifically for community ecology (this had only just been published when I asked him). It is clear and easy to follow with examples you can work through for which the data is available on the author's website. It's a testimony to the book that, since I purchased it, two of my fellow PhD students have bought it themselves and two of our Masters/research assistants have also asked to borrow it. There have only occasionally been times when something has not worked with my data that has not been picked up in the book and those problems have been easy enough to solve by 'asking Google' or using websites like stackexchange. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend!
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Great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only thing that would have made it even better is further interpretations and discussions about the meaning of ... 20 Nov. 2016
By D. Setaro - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was so helpful. I would not have been able to finish my thesis without it. There are a few things that have changed with some of the functions in the different packages since it was published but it is still applicable. I only worked through some of the exercises using the provided data but found them very helpful. I mostly used the provided instructions on my own data and found the instructions very transferable. The only thing that would have made it even better is further interpretations and discussions about the meaning of the outputs/results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good reference book 5 May 2015
By Rafael Herrera - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has what I was looking for supporting my community ecology class and very good examples in R language on how to analyze my data. It is a very good reference book!
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