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How to Do Ecology: A Concise Handbook


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Most books and courses in ecology cover facts and concepts but don't explain how to actually do ecological research. How to Do Ecology provides nuts-and-bolts advice on organizing and conducting a successful research program. This one-of-a-kind book explains how to choose a research question and answer it through manipulative experiments and systematic observations. Because science is a social endeavor, the book provides strategies for working with other people, including professors and collaborators. It suggests effective ways to communicate your findings in the form of journal articles, oral presentations, posters, and grant and research proposals. The book also includes ideas to help you identify your goals, organize a season of fieldwork, and deal with negative results. In short, it makes explicit many of the unspoken assumptions behind doing good research in ecology and provides an invaluable resource for meaningful conversations between ecologists.

This second edition of How to Do Ecology features new sections on conducting and analyzing observational surveys, job hunting, and becoming a more creative researcher, as well as updated sections on statistical analyses.

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Karban, Richard
Princeton University Press
Huntzinger, Mikaela
Pearse, Ian S.
Biological Sciences.
Environmental Studies-General
Earth Sciences
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