- Hardcover: 624 pages
- Publisher: Benjamin Cummings; 2 edition (August 2, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321021738
- ISBN-13: 978-0321021731
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Charles Krebs is Professor of Zoology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and has been teaching for 40 years. He received his B.S. from the University of Minnesota and earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. In addition to teaching ecology, he has worked extensively on the population of rodents in Northern Canada, the United States, and Australia, trying to understand the mechanisms behind population fluctuations. He has published three ecology textbooks including Ecology: The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance, Fifth Edition and Ecological Methodology, Second Edition both published by Benjamin Cummings. In his spare time, Charles can be found drinking fine wines.hors have any!) hiking and kayaking. He is married and has three cats.
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As much of the literature on these methodologies has been produced by persons who are professionals in neither mathematics or statistics, there is quite a bit of chaff (to be euphemistic) that has been published on them. Krebs does a pretty fair job of sorting out all the conflicting statements and recommendations.
I have used this book as a text for a graduate seminar course in mathematical ecology. It is well suited to that purpose and to instilling critical thinking in graduate students. We generally covered only about half the chapters and did so in this manner. The students were assigned a chapter and 1-2 review articles in the primary literature on the topic treated. I gave a lecture on that topic, critiquing both the chapter itself and the assigned articles. Each student was then asked to find an article that used one of the methodologies and evaluate whether it was appropriate to the problem at hand, whether it was applied correctly, and whether another approach would have been better. It's always a bit stressful when students discover how little they can trust much of what is printed on glossy printed pages, but the better ones came away with a healthier, more skeptical attitude toward authority that should serve them well in many endeavors.
This 1999 edition was prepared about 15 years ago. While many sections are still as useful as when written, others need updating if this book is to serve much longer as the best introductory guide to the wide diversity of quantitative methodologies it covers. Write the author and tell him to get out a third edition!