Designed for juniors and seniors, this one-semester laboratory manual is based on mathematical statistics. This new edition provides a wide range of topics for investigation. Author George Cox begins with exercises covering library research, designing an ecological study, and other introductory concepts. He then proceeds to an examination of specific types of measurement and an analysis of various aspects of ecology. Many of these laboratories are tied to current, commercially-available computer programs and software packages.
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Useful appendixes include statistical tables, metric conversions, and an up-to-date listing of software resources.
A new exercise explains how to use the Internet to locate and utilize existing data. Appropriate URL's will be listed.
A listing of cross-references to current ecology texts can be found at the end of each exercise.
End-of-exercise discussion questions will aid the instructor in assigning reports or homework for each exercise.
Exercises that use mathematical analysis include discussion about specific software programs.
Exercises incorporate cutting-edge ecological technologies along with introductions, including: measuring photosynthesis in the field, remote sensing and satellite photo interpretation systems, and geographical information systems.
Exercises on landscape and global ecology will replace older topics to provide more experience in applied ecology as it relates to conservation of biodiversity and local, regional, and global questions.
The bulk of the manual deals with specific techniques and ecological problems. In these exercises, the author has incorported a considerable degree of plasticity, so that they may be used in different geological regions, in various community types, or with diverse species.
The eighth edition features a fold-out map of a desert plant community in Borrego Valley, California. This map provides a means for carrying out several exercises involving field studies of plant populations nad communities when it is not possible to go into the field.
Seven new exercises have been added to this edition. These deal with statistical analysis and testing in ecology (Exercise 4), internet resources in ecology (Exercise 6), structure of lake and pond ecosystems (Exercise 11), nestedness in community composition (Exercise 30), analysis of food webs (Exercise 31), landscape ecology (Exercise 38), and conserving the earth's biodiversity (Exercise 40).
Several exercises have been modified to encourage the use of computer programs or software packages. Seven exercises are now structured around software packages that allow sophisticated analysis of questions at the population, community, ecosystem, and biosphere levels (17, 28, 29, 34, 37, 39, and 40).
To encourage students to think about the major questions that each exercise attempts to address, the author has included a set of three introductory questions at the beginning of each exercise.
A useful guide correlating the exercises in the Lab Manual to our ecology text by Molles is available.
Dr. George Cox, an ecologist, taught at San Diego State University and is dedicated to keeping up with the latest technology in his field. He is also author of a WCB lab manual for general ecology. Dr. Cox now offers consulting services through Biosphere and Biosurvival, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Book Description McGraw-Hill Science/Engineerin, 2001. Spiral-bound. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110072909749