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Monitoring Plant and Animal Populations

Caryl L. Elzinga , Daniel W. Salzer , John W. Willoughby , James P. Gibbs

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ISBN 10: 063204442X / ISBN 13: 9780632044429
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Title: Monitoring Plant and Animal Populations

Binding: Paperback

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Edition: International Edition

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Monitoring Plant and Animal Populations offers an overviewof population monitoring issues that is accessible to the typicalfield biologist and land managers with a modest statisticalbackground. The text includes concrete guidelines for ecologists tofollow to design a statistically defensible monitoringprogram.

  • User-friendly, practical guide, written in a highly readableformat.
  • The authors provide an interdisciplinary scope to address thecurrent, widespread interest in monitoring in many environmentalfields, including pure and applied ecology, conservation biology,and wildlife management.
  • Emphasizes the role of monitoring in adaptive management.
  • Defines important terminology and contrasts monitoring withother data-collection activities. Covers the applicable principlesof sampling and shows how to design a monitoring project.
  • Provides a step-by-step overview of the monitoring process,illustrated by flow charts and references. The authors also offerguidelines for analyzing and interpreting monitoring data.
  • Illustrates the foundation of management objectives anddescribes their components, types, and development.
  • Describes common field techniques for measuring importantattributes of animal and plant populations.
  • Reviews different methods for recording monitoring data in thefield, managing the data, and communicating data to policymakers.

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The book, Monitoring Plant and Animal Populations: A Handbook for Field Biologists, is designed as a manual for biologists, ecologists and botanists responsible for developing monitoring projects for plant and animal populations and communities. It is an outgrowth of a long-running 7-day course taught to agency biologists through the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The authors are primarily field biologists and ecologists directly involved in resource management.

The book is designed to offer readers tools to address the following parts of a natural resource study designed to detect change:

Definition of resource and study objectives

Selection of suitable field techniques

Application of sampling design principles to ensure statistically valid data

Statistical analysis of monitoring data

Although the book has already received wide acceptance and use within the management agencies (an earlier version was released a few years ago as an agency publication), we would like to see the concepts in this book also reach students who are preparing for careers in natural resource management. In our teaching, we have often found our students, all currently employed by various agencies, to not be well-prepared for designing and implementing field studies. We believe this book could be of value to them. You may wish to consider using this book as a text for courses in natural resource measurement, sampling, and monitoring. It is appropriate for upper-level undergraduates or beginning graduate students.

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