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How to Do Ecology


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List of Illustrations vii List of Boxes ix Preface to the Second Edition xi Introduction: The Aims of This Book xiii Chapter 1 Picking a Question 1 Chapter 2 Posing Questions (or Picking an Approach) 19 Chapter 3 Using Experiments to Test Hypotheses 37 Chapter 4 Analyzing Experimental Data 58 Chapter 5 Using Surveys to Explore Patterns 77 Chapter 6 Building Your Indoor Skills 97 Chapter 7 Working with People and Getting a Job in Ecology 105 Chapter 8 Communicating What You Find 119 Chapter 9 Conclusions 164 Acknowledgments 167 References 169 Index 177

About the Author

Richard Karban is professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis. He is the coauthor of "Induced Responses to Herbivory". Mikaela Huntzinger is assistant director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of California, Davis. Ian S. Pearse is a postdoctoral associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University.


Praise for the previous edition: "[A] refreshing, concise work aimed primarily at those contemplating or performing ecological research studies. The authors? approach will be equally beneficial to those in various other areas of study... Highly recommended."--Choice Praise for the previous edition: "This book is a wealth of information for beginning professionals."--Erika V. Iyengar, American Biology Teacher Praise for the previous edition: "How to Do Ecology contains much of the sage advice that good supervisors have been giving their postgraduate students for years... [I]t?s absolutely correct and vital information."--Robyn K. Whipp, Austral Ecology Praise for the previous edition: "Reading this book feels like having a good talk during a long walk in the woods with a wise and experienced advisor who really has the time to distill and share years of thinking about how ecological research works. Get it, and keep it handy, and your work will be the richer and more successful for it."--Jessica Gurevitch, Stony Brook University

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