This book provides a practical introduction to analyzing ecological data using real data sets. The first part gives a largely non-mathematical introduction to data exploration, univariate methods (including GAM and mixed modeling techniques), multivariate analysis, time series analysis, and spatial statistics. The second part provides 17 case studies. The case studies include topics ranging from terrestrial ecology to marine biology and can be used as a template for a reader's own data analysis. Data from all case studies are available from www.highstat.com. Guidance on software is provided in the book.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 672
Weight: 2540 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 38 mm
Edition: 2007 ed.
From the reviews:
"I liked the compact style of the book and really enjoyed the case studies. The book would be a suitable companion to statistics courses for both ecologists and statisticians at the introductory graduate level....All in all, I enjoyed reading the book and marvel at the wide range of sophisticated statistical models used in modern ecology."(Biometrics, 64, March 2008)
"Readership: Undergraduates, postgraduates and scientists engaged in areas of the environmental sciences and ecological research. The material presented in this book has been developed and used by the authors in teaching statistics to its intended readership. The text is divided into two parts ... . I have no doubt that for undergraduate students the main strength of the book will be the breadth of topics covered by the case studies - ranging from terrestrial ecology to marine biology." (C. M. O'Brien, International Statistical Review, Vol. 75 (3), 2007)
"This is a practical way of analysing ecological data in which methodological approaches are combined with real data sets with the advantages and disadvantages of each strategy discussed. Who is it for? Upper undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in ecology. Presentation It links ecological data, data analysis and discussion of the approaches. Would you recommend it? If you want an edited volume on different methods of ecological data analysis, then this book is worth looking through." (Times Higher Education, May, 2008)
"The book is aimed at three types of readers: ecologists who wish to develop their own statistical skills, quantitative ecologists who want to use more advanced techniques, and statistical scientists seeking more experience analyzing ecological data. ... Enjoyable aspects of the book include good graphical outputs, with interpretations, in the text. ... Overall, this book is wroth the purchase price ... . No other book combines as many good ecological data sets with such thoughtfully written analyses. I give this book two enthusiastic thumbs up!" (Loveday Conquest, Journal of the American Statistical Asociation, Vol. 103 (483), September, 2008)
"The book aims to give readers sufficient information to apply statistical methodology in a correct and useful way. ... the book meets its aim, covering a wide range of statistical techniques and dealing with many situations that are encountered in ecological statistics. This is an excellent, nicely presented and very readable book. I would highly recommend it to numerate researchers and students interested in environment and ecological data analysis." (Weiqi Luo, Journal of Applied Statistics, Vol. 36 (2), February, 2009)
"Analysing Ecological Data by a group of ecologists-gone-statisticians from Scotland is the latest book in this area and based on years of teaching and consultancy experience. ... The book differs from many of its competitors in its structure: it contains a general introduction to several fields of descriptive ecological data analysis (370 pages), which is augmented with 17 chapter-length case studies ... . In summary, I can recommend the book primarily as advanced material for ecologists ... ." (Carsten F. Dormann, Basic and Applied Ecology, Vol. (10), 2009)
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