Ecological Methods / Edition 3

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This classic text, whose First Edition one reviewer referred to as "the ecologists' bible," has been substantially revised and rewritten. Not only have the advances made in the field since the Second Edition been taken into account, but the scope has been explicitly extended to all macroscopic animals, with particular attention being paid to fish as well as other vertebrates.

Ecological Methods provides a unique synthesis of the methods and techniques available for the study of populations and ecosystems. Techniques used to obtain both absolute and relative population estimates are described, and approaches to the direct measurement of births, deaths, migration and the construction and interpretation of life tables are reviewed.

The text is extensively illustrated, clearly describing a wide range of equipment and methods of analysis. Comprehensive and up-to-date bibliographies to each chapter fully cover the relevant literature, and references are given to available computer programs and internet addresses. The book has an active web site providing additional illustrations, details of equipment and programs, and references to work published since the revision was completed. Like the earlier editions, this book will be an indispensable source of reference to researchers and students at all levels in the fields of ecology, entomology and zoology.

  • Completely revised and rewritten edition of a classic.
  • Scope extended to all macroscopic animals, notably fish and other vertebrates.
  • Active web site displaying additional material.
  • References to computer programmes and internet addresses throughout the text.
  • Affordable paperback.
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Editorial Reviews

First published in 1966 by Methuen & Co., Ltd., with a second edition published in 1978 by Chapman & Hall, this volume has been substantially revised and rewritten to take into account advances in the field as well as to expand the scope to all macroscopic animals, with particular attention paid to fish and other vertebrates. It offers a synthesis of the methods and techniques available for the study of populations and ecosystems, intended for college level students of animal ecology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632054770
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/21/2000
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Introduction to the Study of Animal Populations.

2. The Sampling Programme and the Measurement and Description of Dispersion.

3. Absolute Population Estimates Using Capture-Recapture Experiments.

4. Absolute Population Estimates by Sampling a Unit of Habitat: Air, Plants, Plant Products and Vertebrate Hosts.

5. Absolute Population Estimates by Sampling a Unit of Aquatic Habitat.

6. Absolute Population Estimates by Sampling a Unit of Soil or Litter Habitat: Extraction Techniques.

7. Relative Methods of Population Measurement and the Derivation of Absolute Estimates.

8. Estimates of Species Richness and Population Size Based on Signs, Products and Effects.

9. Wildlife Population Estimates by Census and Distance Measuring Techniques.

10. Observational and Experimental Methods for the Estimation of Natality, Mortality and Dispersal.

11. The Construction, Description and Analysis of Age-Specific Life-Tables.

12. Age-grouping, Time-Specific Life Tables and Predictive Population Models.

13. Species Richness, Diversity and Packing.

14. The Estimation of Productivity and the Construction of energy Budgets.

15. Studies at large Spatial and Temporal Scales and the Classification of Habitats.



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