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Practical Methods in Ecology

ISBN: 978-1-4051-0244-5
172 pages
February 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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There are few books available that provide a good introduction to the methods and techniques for ecological research. This book will be invaluable to lecturers teaching field courses and students undertaking project work in ecology.

Each chapter will focus on an ecological technique. It will have an introductory section that describes the ecological principles and theory. This will then be followed by example applications. These will focus on three most common habitats where teachers take students for fieldwork; the seashore, ponds and lakes, fields and woodland.


  • Gives specific worked examples from the main ecosystems used for undergraduate study - seashore, lakes/ponds, field and woodland.
  • Only introductory text specifically focused on field techniques.
  • Great 'how-to' guide that will show student exactly how to carry out each method.
  • Only text to emphasise the principles behind the techniques - taking a methods based approach rather than a taxonomic approach (eg chapters split into population measures, biodiversity measures, species richness measures rather than methods for invertebrates, methods for mammals, methods for birds etc).
  • Greater emphasis on the equipment involved - how to make it, where to buy it.
  • Good references to further reading and advanced techniques.
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1. Estimating absolute population number by sampling a unit of habitat.

2. Estimating absolute population size - Mark-recapture estimates.

3. Distance sampling methods for absolute population estimation.

4. Removal sampling to estimate absolute population size.

5. Comparing the magnitude of populations - relative methods.

6. Population indices.

7. Alpha diversity and spcies richness

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Peter Henderson is an ecologist with more than 25 years’ experience working on population dynamics of fish and invertebrates in Europe, North America, and Amazonia. His wide-ranging interests include community dynamics, evolutionary theory, and the taxonomy of ostracods. He is a director of the ecological consultancy Pisces Conservation Ltd and lectures at the University of Oxford.
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  • Gives specific worked examples from the main ecosystems used for undergraduate study - seashore, lakes/ponds, field and woodland.

  • Only introductory text specifically focused on field techniques.

  • Great 'how-to' guide that will show student exactly how to carry out each method.

  • Only text to emphasise the principles behind the techniques - taking a methods based approach rather than a taxonomic approach (eg chapters split into population measures, biodiversity measures, species richness measures rather than methods for invertebrates, methods for mammals, methods for birds etc).

  • Greater emphasis on the equipment involved - how to make it, where to buy it.

  • Good references to further reading and advanced techniques.
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"A valuable manual for field workers in ecology. It is well thought out, identifying common pitfalls facing novice researchers." J Burger, Rutgers, CHOICE, October 2003 <!--end-->

"This is an excellent book...There can be few teachers and practically no students who would not benefit from consulting Henderson's book." Journal of Biological Education, Winter 2005

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