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Ecological Diversity and Its Measurement

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ISBN-10: 0691084912
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...this book is a stimulating and welcome guide through the diversity 'minefield'. By considering the more commonly used indices of diversity, Magurran makes plain their relationships, strengths and weaknesses. Trends in Ecology and Evolution --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ecological diversity, or the variety and abundance of species in different habitats, is one of the central themes of ecology. However, much of the existing literature on this subject is diffuse, often confusing and beset by unnecessarily complicated mathematics. This book aims to provide a succinct and clear summary of the relevant literature and a practical guide to the measurement of diversity. It discusses the methods of describing ecological diversity in conjunction with specific recommendations for the selection and interpretation of diversity measures. In addition the book considers the sampling problems often encountered in ecological censusing. The work concludes with a discussion of the empirical value of diversity measures. A special feature that makes the book particularly accessible to readers without great expertise in mathematics is the inclusion of worked examples of the main diversity measures and models. The book should appeal to students taking advanced courses in ecology and also to professionals working in conversation and related areas of applied ecology.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (November 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691084912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691084916
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a well planed and designed book; it takes away the fuzz of calculating the diversity indexes. A new edition would be welcome, in order to include the advances in the subject. I strongly recommend this book. There is a spanish translation.
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I am a graduate student working in ecology and statistics are not my strength. This book helps break down ways to measure ecological diversity, why each test or method is used for particular circumstances, and includes worked examples. It may be a little old fashioned, what with our Excel and data programs, but it makes things very understandable.
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