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Design and Analysis of Ecological Experiments

1st Edition

By Sam Scheiner

Chapman and Hall/CRC

445 pages

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Hardback: 9780412035616
pub: 1998-09-11

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The goal of this book is to make some underutilized but potentially very useful methods in experimental design and analysis available to ecologists, and to encourage better use of standard statistical techniques. Ecology has become more and more an experimental science in both basic and applied work,but experiments in the field and in the laboratory often present formidable statistical difficulties. Organized around providing solutions to ecological problems, this book offers ways to improve the statistical aspects of conducting manipulative ecological experiments, from setting them up to interpreting and reporting the results. An abundance of tools, including advanced approaches, are made available to ecologists in step-by-step examples, with computer code provided for common statistical packages. This is an essential how-to guide for the working ecologist and for graduate students preparing for research and teaching careers in the field of ecology.


"…a valuable guide to some modern statistical methods."

-Prairie Naturalist

Table of Contents

Introduction: theories, hypotheses and statistics

Exploratory data analysis and graphical display

ANOVA: experiments in controlled environments

ANOVA and ANCOVA: field competition experiments

MANOVA: multiple response variables and multispecies interactions

Repeated measures analysis: growth and other time-dependent measures

Time-series intervention analysis: unreplicated large-scale experiments

Non-linear curve fitting: predation and functional response curves

Multiple regression: herbivory

Path analysis: pollination

Population sampling and bootstrapping in complex designs: demographic analysis

Failure time analysis: emergence, flowering, survivorship and other waiting times

The bootstrap and the jackknife: describing the precision of ecological indices

Spatial statistics: analysis of field experiment

Mantel tests: spatial structure in field experiments

Model verification: optimal foraging

Meta-analysis: combining the results of independent experiments


Author index

Subject index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MATHEMATICS / Probability & Statistics / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General