Monitoring Vertebrate Populations / Edition 1

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Overview

Monitoring Vertebrate Populations shows that this subject area is not simply counting and comparing counts taken at different times. Detecting changes in abundance, density, and distribution is complex and influenced by sampling procedures, parameter estimation, plot size and shape, and many other factors. Devoted to general issues, Part I of the book on surveying, monitoring, and estimating applies equally well to any oganismal sampling research. Part II reviews procedures and biotic factors of particular relevance to major vertebrate groups. Certain to be useful to a wide cross section of wildlife biologists, ecologists, vertebrate biologists, and population biologists, Monitoring Vertebrate Populations will also serve as a useful primer for policy makers and wildlife managers who need to evaluate the quality of research undertaken to establish the status of wildlife populations.

Audience: Advanced undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff with interests in wildlife biology, conservation, ecology, and fishery science. Labs and federal agencies.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...a most welcome addition. Thompson, White, and Gowan have written a valuable book, one certainly to be referred to by those following trends in species inventory and monitoring programs. The book offers a great deal to take in, a great many lessons that need to be delivered. Monitoring Vertebrate Populations should be required reading for administrators and resource managers before they undertake funding and program planning. I recommend it."
--C. Kenneth Dodd in COPEIA (1999)
"...will enable the wildlife biologist/manager, natural resource administrator, or policy make to better evaluate research concerning the status of wildlife populations. For the statistically impaired or statisiphobics among us, it offers hope and a lighted path toward meaningful data gathering and analysis. It will no doubt earn a place among your most useful professional tests on your workshelf."
--Bruce B. Davit in JOURNAL OF RANGE MANAGEMENT (January 1999)
Booknews
A general reference for biologists and resource managers who have been charged with monitoring vertebrate numbers within some area. Topics include spatial distribution, abundance, sampling designs, enumeration methods, community surveys, and guidelines for planning surveys. The authors also address the special topics surrounding various classifications of vertebrates, from fish and birds to reptiles and mammals. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780126889604
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 8/6/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 365
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface.
Basic Concepts.
Sampling Designs and Related Topics.
Enumeration Methods.
Community Surveys.
Detection of a Trend in Population Estimates.
Guidelines for Planning Surveys.
Fish.
Amphibians and Reptiles.
Birds.
Mammals.
Glossary of Terms.
Glossary of Notation.
Sampling Estimators.
Common and Scientific Names of Cited Vertebrates.
Subject Index.
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