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ISBN-13: 978-0632056330 ISBN-10: 0632056339 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (December 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0632056339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0632056330
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is a blessing that the book has been rewritten, as it saves us from scouring second-hand bookshops; it was a text that was borrowed from libraries and disappeared...Anne Magurran, while providing an invaluable practical handbook, also explains difficulties in a very readable style...But this book is not just recommended to working ecologists - it is essential." Tony Andrew, University of Ulster, Times Higher Education Supplement, March 2004

"To ecologists and conservation biologists who work with biodiversity, for more than a decade the name 'Magurran' has meant an essential little book on measuring biodiversity Ecological Diversity and Its Measurement, 1988.

Now Anne Magurran has written a thorough update Measuring Biological Diversity, considerably expanded to cover important new developments in the field, including richness estimation, new relative abundance models, and new ways to compare assemblage composition. Throughout, examples from the primary literature are used to illustrate concepts and methods and key methods are presented as worked examples in an appendix. And as before, the new book shines with a blessedly welcome readability, excellent scholarship and plain good sense. Magurran does not shrink from making tough judgments and recommendations that go against 'tradition' in this field.

I expect the 'new Magurran' to become an essential reference on researchers' bookshelves and required reading for advanced students in biodiversity studies. " Professor Robert Colwell, University of Connecticut.

"The book provides a useful and in-depth review of statistical and measurement issues related to biological diversity...It will be a useful reference book and educational tool for years to come for those interested in the measurement of biological diversity." Ecology, December 2004

"This is obviously a finely-crafted book...It will be an indispensable guide for any researcher engaged in measuring species diversity or in comparing the richness of different species assemblages. It is, above all, a practical book, clearly laid out, with concise descriptions and worked examples." African Journal of Aquatic Science, June 2005

Book Description

This accessible and timely book provides a comprehensive overview of how to measure biodiversity. The diversity of life on earth inspires fundamental ecological questions concerning the abundance of species and their distribution over space and time. The rapid loss of this diversity, primarily due to the impact of humanity, makes the need for effective ways of measuring biological diversity more important than ever.As the successor to the author's influential Ecological Diversity and its Measurement, this book has been completely rewritten to reflect the explosion of interest in biodiversity in the last fifteen years. The book highlights new developments, including innovative approaches to measuring taxonomic distinctness and estimating species richness, and evaluates these alongside traditional methods such as species abundance distributions, and diversity and evenness statistics.Measuring Biological Diversity assumes no specialist mathematical knowledge and includes worked examples and links to web-based software. It will be essential reading for all students, researchers, and managers who need to measure biological diversity.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Doudna on October 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is a fast and somewhat light read. However, it also covers a lot of territory very quickly. It gives a lot of good "jumping off" points throughout the text for further reading on topics, by citing key studies. This book covers many measures likely unfamiliar to most researchers, and provides feedback on strengths and weaknesses of most. While you will not be well-versed in a particular area of analysis, you will be much more prepared to decide on which area to focus, and how to become well-versed after reading this book. Highly recommended for those looking for an overview and starting point for studying biological diversity.
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This book is excellent for explaining the different species richness estimaters and biodiversity indices. If you use EstimateS you will find it very useful. It is also great for explaining which statistics to use for different types of sampling.

The follow up book by Magurran is not nearly as useful.
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This book has help me a lot during my career. It has a excellent discussion of many useful tools for biologists & ecologist (indices, models, etc.) that bring clues for successful analyzes and ecological interpretations. Good tool either for beginners and more advance fellows.
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By S. Fann on May 13, 2011
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This book offers an excellent review of the ecological approaches to understanding diversity and abundance data, and has several figures that can be useful for teaching.
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