Research Techniques in Animal Ecology: Controversies and Consequences / Edition 2

Research Techniques in Animal Ecology: Controversies and Consequences / Edition 2

by Luigi Boitani
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231113412

ISBN-13: 9780231113410

Pub. Date: 05/25/2000

Publisher: Columbia University Press

The present biodiversity crisis is rife with opportunities to make important conservation decisions; however, the misuse or misapplication of the methods and techniques of animal ecology can have serious consequences for the survival of species. Still, there have been relatively few critical reviews of methodology in the field. This book provides an analysis of

Overview

The present biodiversity crisis is rife with opportunities to make important conservation decisions; however, the misuse or misapplication of the methods and techniques of animal ecology can have serious consequences for the survival of species. Still, there have been relatively few critical reviews of methodology in the field. This book provides an analysis of some of the most frequently used research techniques in animal ecology, identifying their limitations and misuses, as well as possible solutions to avoid such pitfalls. In the process, contributors to this volume present new perspectives on the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data.

Research Techniques in Animal Ecology is an overarching account of central theoretical and methodological controversies in the field, rather than a handbook on the minutiae of techniques. The editors have forged comprehensive presentations of key topics in animal ecology, such as territory and home range estimates, habitation evaluation, population viability analysis, GIS mapping, and measuring the dynamics of societies. Striking a careful balance, each chapter begins by assessing the shortcomings and misapplications of the techniques in question, followed by a thorough review of the current literature, and concluding with possible solutions and suggested guidelines for more robust investigations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231113410
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/25/2000
Series:
Issues, Cases, and Methods in Biodiversity Conservation Series
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

1. Hypothesis Testing in Ecology, by Charles J. Krebs2: A Critical Review of the Effects of Marking on the Biology of Vertebrates, by Dennis L. Murray and Mark R. Fuller3. Animal Home Ranges and Territories and Home Range Estimators, by Roger A. Powell4. Delusions in Habitat Evaluation: Measuring Use, Selection, and Importance, by David L. Garshelis5. Investigating Food Habits of Terrestrial Vertebrates, by John A. Litvaitis6. Detecting Stability and Causes of Change in Population Density, by Joseph S. Elkinton7. Monitoring Populations, by James P. Gibbs8. Modeling Predator--Prey Dynamics, by Mark S. Boyce9. Population Viability Analysis: Data Requirements and Essential Analyses, by Gary C. White10. Measuring the Dynamics of Mammalian Societies: An Ecologist's Guide to Ethological Methods, by David W. Macdonald, Paul D. Stewart, Pavel Stopka, and Nobuyuki Yamaguchi11. Modeling Species Distribution with GIS, by Fabio Corsi, Jan de Leeuw, and Andrew K. Skidmore

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