An Introduction to Methods and Models in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

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Overview

This unique textbook introduces undergraduate students to quantitative models and methods in ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation. It explores the core concepts shared by these related fields using tools and practical skills such as experimental design, generating phylogenies, basic statistical inference, and persuasive grant writing. And contributors use examples from their own cutting-edge research, providing diverse views to engage students and broaden their understanding.

This is the only textbook on the subject featuring a collaborative "active learning" approach that emphasizes hands-on learning. Every chapter has exercises that enable students to work directly with the material at their own pace and in small groups. Each problem includes data presented in a rich array of formats, which students use to answer questions that illustrate patterns, principles, and methods. Topics range from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and population effective size to optimal foraging and indices of biodiversity. The book also includes a comprehensive glossary.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are James Beck, Cawas Behram Engineer, John Gaskin, Luke Harmon, Jon Hess, Jason Kolbe, Kenneth H. Kozak, Robert J. Robertson, Emily Silverman, Beth Sparks-Jackson, and Anton Weisstein.

  • Provides experience with hypothesis testing, experimental design, and scientific reasoning
  • Covers core quantitative models and methods in ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation
  • Turns "discussion sections" into "thinking labs"

Professors: A supplementary Instructor's Manual is available for this book. It is restricted to teachers using the text in courses. For information on how to obtain a copy, refer to: http://press.princeton.edu/class_use/solutions.html

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Braude and Low provide a survey of a wide variety of extended exercises in evolutionary biology, population ecology, population genetics, and statistical analysis. Individual chapters can also serve as useful supplement assignments in many introductory biology courses.
Quarterly Review of Biology
[This book] is for people like me—faculty members who will buy it and then tinker with, modify, adapt, or steal outright the exercises it contains for use in their own relatively narrowly focused courses. And that is actually a valuable contribution to American biological education!
— Arthur M. Shapiro
Ecology
I liked An Introduction to Methods and Models in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, and think it would be a very good text in the classroom. This book is intended to function as a lab book, teaching students topics conceptually, encouraging users to work out expectations by hand and by sketching out expected outcomes.
— J. Michael Reed
Ecological Society of America
I liked An Introduction to Methods and Models in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology and think it would be a very good text in the classroom. [The book] presents a nice selection of problems across the broad topics covered.
— J. Michael Reed
Basic and Applied Ecology
[A]n excellent source of tools and inspiration and well suited to prepare the undergraduate student for the methodological and numerical approaches used in ecology and evolution.
— Yann Clough
Austral Ecology
The most enjoyable aspect of this book is that it is a true teaching guide. The authors expose students to quantitative methods using a very hands-on approach. This approach ensures students feel more comfortable with data analysis and quantitative methods, while also aiding them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. A wealth of personal experience as a student and teacher has obviously gone into the creation of this book, and I would highly recommend it to educators dealing with components of this text
— .Brad J. Farmilo
Quarterly Review of Biology - Arthur M. Shapiro
[This book] is for people like me—faculty members who will buy it and then tinker with, modify, adapt, or steal outright the exercises it contains for use in their own relatively narrowly focused courses. And that is actually a valuable contribution to American biological education!
Ecology - J. Michael Reed
I liked An Introduction to Methods and Models in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology and think it would be a very good text in the classroom. [The book] presents a nice selection of problems across the broad topics covered.
Basic and Applied Ecology - Yann Clough
[A]n excellent source of tools and inspiration and well suited to prepare the undergraduate student for the methodological and numerical approaches used in ecology and evolution.
Austral Ecology - Brad J. Farmilo
The most enjoyable aspect of this book is that it is a true teaching guide. The authors expose students to quantitative methods using a very hands-on approach. This approach ensures students feel more comfortable with data analysis and quantitative methods, while also aiding them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. A wealth of personal experience as a student and teacher has obviously gone into the creation of this book, and I would highly recommend it to educators dealing with components of this text
Austral Ecology - .Brad J. Farmilo

The most enjoyable aspect of this book is that it is a true teaching guide. The authors expose students to quantitative methods using a very hands-on approach. This approach ensures students feel more comfortable with data analysis and quantitative methods, while also aiding them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. A wealth of personal experience as a student and teacher has obviously gone into the creation of this book, and I would highly recommend it to educators dealing with components of this text
From the Publisher

"Braude and Low provide a survey of a wide variety of extended exercises in evolutionary biology, population ecology, population genetics, and statistical analysis. Individual chapters can also serve as useful supplement assignments in many introductory biology courses."--Choice

"[This book] is for people like me--faculty members who will buy it and then tinker with, modify, adapt, or steal outright the exercises it contains for use in their own relatively narrowly focused courses. And that is actually a valuable contribution to American biological education!"--Arthur M. Shapiro, Quarterly Review of Biology

"I liked An Introduction to Methods and Models in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, and think it would be a very good text in the classroom. This book is intended to function as a lab book, teaching students topics conceptually, encouraging users to work out expectations by hand and by sketching out expected outcomes."--J. Michael Reed, Ecology

"I liked An Introduction to Methods and Models in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology and think it would be a very good text in the classroom. [The book] presents a nice selection of problems across the broad topics covered."--J. Michael Reed, Ecological Society of America

"[A]n excellent source of tools and inspiration and well suited to prepare the undergraduate student for the methodological and numerical approaches used in ecology and evolution."--Yann Clough, Basic and Applied Ecology

"The most enjoyable aspect of this book is that it is a true teaching guide. The authors expose students to quantitative methods using a very hands-on approach. This approach ensures students feel more comfortable with data analysis and quantitative methods, while also aiding them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. A wealth of personal experience as a student and teacher has obviously gone into the creation of this book, and I would highly recommend it to educators dealing with components of this text"--.Brad J. Farmilo, Austral Ecology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691127248
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/24/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Stanton Braude is lecturer in biology at Washington University in St. Louis. Bobbi S. Low is professor of resource ecology at the University of Michigan.
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Table of Contents

Figures vii

Tables xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction xix

Section I Evolutionary Biology

1 Evolution and Pesticide Resistance: Examining Quantitative Trends Visually Stanton Braude John Gaskin 3

2 Lizard Ecomorphology: Generating and Testing Hypotheses of Adaptation Kenneth H. Kozak 12

3 Phyiogenetic Inference: Examining Morphological and Molecular Datasets James Beck 22

4 Life History Tradeoffs in Avian Clutch Size: Interpreting Life History Data and Evaluating Alternative Hypotheses Jon Hess 36

5 Mimicry: Experimental Design and Scientific Logic James Robertson 51

Section II Demography and Population Ecology

6 Life Table Analysis Stanton Braude 63

7 Lotka-Volterra Competition Modeling Stanton Braude Tara Scherer Rebecca McGaha 69

8 Explosive Population Growth and Invasive Exotic Species Jon Hess James Robertson 79

9 Island Biogeography: Evaluating Correlational Data and Testing Alternative Hypotheses James Robertson 91

Section III Population Genetics

10 Hardy-Weinberg: Evaluating Disequilibrium Forces Jason J. Kolbe 107

11 Drift, Demographic Stochasticity, and Extinction in Woggles James Robertson Anton Weisstein Stanton Braude 117

12 Conservation of Small Populations: Effective Population Sizes, Inbreeding, and the 50/500 Rule Luke J. Harmon Stanton Braude 125

13 Dispersal and Metapopulation Structure James Robertson 139

Section IV Quantitative Ecological Tools

14 Understanding Descriptive Statistics Beth Sparks-Jackson Emily Silverman 155

15 Understanding Statistical Inference Emily Silverman Beth Sparks-Jackson 179

16 Sampling Wild Populations Stanton Braude James Robertson 189

17 Quantifying Biodiversity Cawas Behram Engineer Stanton Braude 198

18 Environmental Predictability and Life History Bobbi S. Low Stanton Braude 214

19 Modeling Optimal Foraging Stanton Braude James Robertson 226

Section V Synthetic Exercises and Writing Assignments

20 Evaluating Competing Hypotheses of Regional Biodiversity Stanton Braude 235

21 Preparing and Evaluating Competitive Grant Proposals for Conservation Funding Stanton Braude 239

22 Tracing the History of Scientific Ideas: From Darwin, Connell, or Soule to the Present Bobbi S. Low 245

Glossary 251

Contributors 263

Index 265

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