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Monitoring Plant and Animal Populations: A Handbook for Field Biologists

Monitoring Plant and Animal Populations: A Handbook for Field Biologists

Caryl L. Elzinga, Daniel W. Salzer, John W. Willoughby, James P. Gibbs

ISBN: 978-1-444-31310-9

May 2009

368 pages

$88.99

Description

Monitoring Plant and Animal Populations offers an overview of population monitoring issues that is accessible to the typical field biologist and land managers with a modest statistical background. The text includes concrete guidelines for ecologists to follow to design a statistically defensible monitoring program.

  • User-friendly, practical guide, written in a highly readable format.
  • The authors provide an interdisciplinary scope to address the current, widespread interest in monitoring in many environmental fields, including pure and applied ecology, conservation biology, and wildlife management.
  • Emphasizes the role of monitoring in adaptive management.
  • Defines important terminology and contrasts monitoring with other data-collection activities. Covers the applicable principles of sampling and shows how to design a monitoring project.
  • Provides a step-by-step overview of the monitoring process, illustrated by flow charts and references. The authors also offer guidelines for analyzing and interpreting monitoring data.
  • Illustrates the foundation of management objectives and describes their components, types, and development.
  • Describes common field techniques for measuring important attributes of animal and plant populations.
  • Reviews different methods for recording monitoring data in the field, managing the data, and communicating data to policy makers.
Preface.

1. Introduction To Monitoring.

2. Monitoring Overview.

3. Selecting Among Priorities.

4. Qualitative Techniques For Monitoring.

5. General Field Techniques.

6. Data Collection And Data Management.

7. Basic Principles Of Sampling.

8. Sampling Design.

9. Statistical Analysis.

10. Analysis Of Trends.

11. Selecting Random Samples.

12. Field Techniques For Measuring Vegetation.

13. Specialized Sampling Methods And Field Techniques For Animals.

14. Objectives.

15. Communication And Monitoring Plans.

Appendix I: Monitoring Communities.

Appendix II: Sample Size Equations.

Appendix III: Confidence Interval Equations.

Appendix IV: Sample Size And Confidence Intervals For Complex Sampling Designs.

Literature Cited.

Index References

""A handbook to help field biologists and land managers cope with monitoring is a worthwhile product."" Professor Michael McGowan, San Francisco State University <!--end-->

""Such a text could easily form the basis for undergraduate and graduate courses in institutions having programs which include wildlife, fisheries, ecology, or conservation biology. It would also be important reading for state and federal agency personnel and all those biologists involved in the ecological consulting field."" Professor Gary Vinyard, University of Nevada at Reno

""One of the most intractable problems facing ecologists and conservationists conducting manipulative experiments on ecosystems is monitoring the outcome. Without such monitoring the experiments, of course, are worthless, so careful considerations of experimental design and recording techniques prior to the establishment of the manipulations are always worthwhile, and it is here that this practical manual seeks to exist."" Bulletin of the British Ecological Society, 2002


  • User-friendly, practical guide, written in a highly readable format.

  • The authors provide an interdisciplinary scope to address the current, widespread interest in monitoring in many environmental fields, including pure and applied ecology, conservation biology, and wildlife management.

  • Emphasizes the role of monitoring in adaptive management.

  • Defines important terminology and contrasts monitoring with other data-collection activities. Covers the applicable principles of sampling and shows how to design a monitoring project.

  • Provides a step-by-step overview of the monitoring process, illustrated by flow charts and references. The authors also offer guidelines for analyzing and interpreting monitoring data.

  • Illustrates the foundation of management objectives and describes their components, types, and development.

  • Describes common field techniques for measuring important attributes of animal and plant populations.

  • Reviews different methods for recording monitoring data in the field, managing the data, and communicating data to policy makers.