Measuring Biological Diversity

  • Filename: measuring-biological-diversity.
  • ISBN: 9781118687925
  • Release Date: 2013-04-18
  • Number of pages: 264
  • Author: Anne E. Magurran
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

This accessible and timely book provides a comprehensive overview of how to measure biodiversity. 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. Helps the reader quantify and interpret patterns of ecological diversity, focusing on the measurement and estimation of species richness and abundance. Explores the concept of ecological diversity, bringing new perspectives to a field beset by contradictory views and advice. Discussion spans issues such as the meaning of community in the context of ecological diversity, scales of diversity and distribution of diversity among taxa Highlights advances in measurement paying particular attention to new techniques such as species richness estimation, application of measures of diversity to conservation and environmental management and addressing sampling issues Includes worked examples of key methods in helping people to understand the techniques and use available computer packages more effectively

Ecological Diversity and Its Measurement

  • Filename: ecological-diversity-and-its-measurement.
  • ISBN: 9789401573580
  • Release Date: 2013-04-17
  • Number of pages: 179
  • Author: Anne E. Magurran
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

Although diversity is one of the central themes of ecology there is considerable disagreement ab out how it should be measured. I first encountered this problem 10 ycars ago whcn I started my research career and spent a long time pouring ovcr the literature in order to find the most useful techniques. The intervening decade has seen a further increasc in the number ofpapers devoted to the topic of ecological diversity but has led to no consensus on how it should be measured. My aim in writing this book is therefore to provide a practical guide to ecological diversity and its measurement. In a quantitative subject such as the measurement of diversity it is inevitable that some mathematics are involved, but at all times these are kept as simple as possible, and the emphasis is constantly on ecological reality and practical application. I hope that others ente ring thc fascinating ficld of ecological diversity will find it hclpful. This book grew out of my work in The School of Biological and Environmental Studies at the New University ofUlster, Coleraine, Northern Ircland. I am indebted to all the ecologists there for pro vi ding a stimulating atmosphere. Foremost among these were Amyan Macfadyen and Palmer Newbould. A number of the figures and tables in the book are based on data collected in Northern Irish woodlands.

Biological Diversity

  • Filename: biological-diversity.
  • ISBN: 9780199580668
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 345
  • Author: Anne E. Magurran
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

This research level text provides an up-to-date, authoritative review of the methods of measuring biological diversity, as well as the application of these methods.

Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity

  • Filename: measuring-and-monitoring-biological-diversity.
  • ISBN: 9781588344373
  • Release Date: 2014-12-16
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Ronald Heyer
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity is the first book to provide comprehensive coverage of standard methods for biodiversity sampling of amphibians, with information on analyzing and using data that will interest biologists in general. In this manual, nearly fifty herpetologists recommend ten standard sampling procedures for measuring and monitoring amphibian and many other populations. The contributors discuss each procedure, along with the circumstances for its appropriate use. In addition, they provide a detailed protocol for each procedure's implementation, a list of necessary equipment and personnel, and suggestions for analyzing the data. The data obtained using these standard methods are comparable across sites and through time and, as a result, are extremely useful for making decisions about habitat protection, sustained use, and restoration—decisions that are particularly relevant for threatened amphibian populations.

Reptile Biodiversity

  • Filename: reptile-biodiversity.
  • ISBN: 9780520266711
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 412
  • Author: Roy W. McDiarmid
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

"Authoritative and comprehensive--provides an up-to-date description of the tool box of methods for inventorying and monitoring the diverse spectrum of reptiles. All biodiversity scientists will want to have it during project planning and as study progresses. A must for field biologists, conservation planners, and biodiversity managers."--Jay M. Savage, San Diego State University "Kudos to the editors and contributors to this book. From the perspective of a non-ecologist such as myself, who only occasionally needs to intensively sample a particular site or habitat, the quality and clarity of this book has been well worth the wait."--Jack W. Sites, Jr.

Biodiversity of Fungi

  • Filename: biodiversity-of-fungi.
  • ISBN: 9780125095518
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 777
  • Author: Gregory Michael Mueller
  • Publisher: Academic Press

Fascinating and beautiful, fungi are vital components of nearly all ecosystems and impact human health and our economy in a myriad of ways. This is the first text to outline standardized methods for documenting diversity and distribution, making it essential for anyone collecting and/or monitoring any fungi. (Midwest).

Species Diversity in Space and Time

  • Filename: species-diversity-in-space-and-time.
  • ISBN: 0521499526
  • Release Date: 1995-05-04
  • Number of pages: 436
  • Author: Michael L. Rosenzweig
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Species diversity is marked by some interesting facts--such as larger areas have more species, and diversity is particularly high near the equator. Other factors to consider are what reduces diversity in ecologically productive places and across what scales of space and time diversity patterns hold. This book examines these questions and many others, the author employing both theory and data in his search for answers. Surprisingly, many of the questions have reasonably likely answers. By identifying these, attention can be turned toward life's many still-unexplained diversity patterns. As evolutionary ecologists race to understand biodiversity before it is too late, this book will help set the agenda for diversity research into the next century and will be useful to graduate students and researchers in ecology and evolutionary and conservation biology.

Mapping Species Distributions

  • Filename: mapping-species-distributions.
  • ISBN: 9780521876353
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Janet Franklin
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Comprehensive summary of species distribution modeling methods integrating ecological and statistical models with spatial data, and a framework for implementation.

40 Inquiry Exercises for the College Biology Lab

  • Filename: 40-inquiry-exercises-for-the-college-biology-lab.
  • ISBN: 9781933531397
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 514
  • Author: A. Daniel Johnson
  • Publisher: NSTA Press

Drawing from the author's own work as a lab dveloper, coordinator, and instructor, this one-of-a-kind text for college biology teachers uses the inquiry method in presenting 40 different lab exercises that make complicated biology subjects accessible to major and nonmajors alike. The volume offers a review of various aspects of inquiry, including teaching techniques, and covers 16 biology topics, including DNA isolation and analysis, properties of enzymes, and metabolism and oxygen consumption. Student and teacher pages are provided for each of the 16 topics.


  • Filename: biodiversity.
  • ISBN: 1405118571
  • Release Date: 2004-02-13
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Kevin J. Gaston
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ARTWORK This concise introductory text provides a complete overview of biodiversity - what it is, how it arose, its distribution, why it is important, human impact upon it, and what should be done to maintain it. Timely overview of the serious attempts made to quantify and describe biodiversity in a scientific way Acts as an easy entry point into the primary literature Provides real-world examples of key issues, including illustrations of major temporal and spatial patterns in biodiversity Designed primarily with undergraduate students and course lecturers in mind, it will also be of interest to anyone who requires an overview of, and entry to, the vast literature on these topics. All the figures included in the book are downloadable from the Blackwell Publishing website

Encyclopedia of Biodiversity

  • Filename: encyclopedia-of-biodiversity.
  • ISBN: 0122268644
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 16
  • Author: Simon A. Levin
  • Publisher:

Includes articles on agriculture, ecology, forests, wetlands, and environment, as well as organisms


  • Filename: biodiversity.
  • ISBN: 0412752204
  • Release Date: 1995-11-30
  • Number of pages: 140
  • Author: David L. Hawksworth
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

Leading experts on the field of biodiversity examine examples from a wide range of organism groups. Their approaches include the latest molecular and phylogenetic techniques through to the selection of indicator data and aspects of sampling. This paperback edition has been published for students on 'biodiversity' related courses.


  • Filename: ants.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015049672002
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: Donat Agosti
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Pr

This comprehensive book compares ant diversity to the diversity of other organisms & explains the value of ant studies in monitoring ecosystem changes in diverse regions world wide.

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