2. The commonness, and rarity, of species.
3. How many species?.
An index of diversity.
Comparative studies of diversity.
Diversity in space (and time).
No prospect of an end.
"To ecologists and conservation biologists who work with biodiversity, for more than a decade the name 'Magurran' has meant an essential little book on measuring biodiversity Ecological Diversity and Its Measurement, 1988.
Now Anne Magurran has written a thorough update Measuring Biological Diversity, considerably expanded to cover important new developments in the field, including richness estimation, new relative abundance models, and new ways to compare assemblage composition. Throughout, examples from the primary literature are used to illustrate concepts and methods and key methods are presented as worked examples in an appendix. And as before, the new book shines with a blessedly welcome readability, excellent scholarship and plain good sense. Magurran does not shrink from making tough judgments and recommendations that go against 'tradition' in this field.
I expect the 'new Magurran' to become an essential reference on researchers' bookshelves and required reading for advanced students in biodiversity studies. " Professor Robert Colwell, University of Connecticut.
"The book provides a useful and in-depth review of statistical and measurement issues related to biological diversity...It will be a useful reference book and educational tool for years to come for those interested in the measurement of biological diversity." Ecology, December 2004
"This is obviously a finely-crafted book...It will be an indispensable guide for any researcher engaged in measuring species diversity or in comparing the richness of different species assemblages. It is, above all, a practical book, clearly laid out, with concise descriptions and worked examples." African Journal of Aquatic Science, June 2005
- Helps the reader quantify and interpret patterns of ecological diversity, focusing on the measurement and estimation of species richness and abundance.
- Explores the concept of ecological diversity, bringing new perspectives to a field beset by contradictory views and advice.
- Discussion spans issues such as the meaning of community in the context of ecological diversity, scales of diversity and distribution of diversity among taxa
- Highlights advances in measurement paying particular attention to new techniques such as species richness estimation, application of measures of diversity to conservation and environmental management and addressing sampling issues.
- Includes worked examples of key methods in helping people to understand the techniques and use available computer packages more effectively.