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Animal ecology [Lecture notes]
Langevelde, F. van \ Heitkönig, I. \ Hooft, P, van \ 2015
animal ecology - animal behaviour - foraging - habitat selection - animal feeding - plant-animal interactions

Used in course: REG-30306 Animal Ecology
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Community ecology [Monograph]
Mittelbach, Gary George \ 2012
Biotic communities - Ecology

"Community Ecology is a book for graduate students, researchers, and advanced undergraduates seeking a broad, up-to-date coverage of ecological concepts at the community level. Community ecology has undergone a transformation in recent years, from a discipline largely focused on processes occurring within a local area to a discipline encompassing a much richer domain of study, including the linkages between communities separated in space (metacommunity dynamics), niche and neutral theory, the interplay between ecology and evolution (eco-evolutionary dynamics), and the influence of historical and regional processes in shaping patterns of biodiversity. To fully understand these new developments, however, students need a strong foundation in the study of species interactions and how these interactions are assembled into food webs and other ecological networks."--Pub. desc.


Used in course: REG-20306 Resource Ecology
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Data analysis in community and landscape ecology [Monograph] - New ed.
Jongman, R.H.G. \ Braak, C.J.F. ter \ Tongeren, O.F.R. van \ 1995
biology - biometry - landscape - landscape ecology - mathematics - statistical analysis

Ecologists need to analyze their field data to interpret relationships within plant and animal communities and with their environments. The purpose of this book is to show ecologists and environmental scientists what numerical and statistical methods are most useful, how to use them and interpret the results from them, and what pitfalls to avoid. Subjects treated include data requirements, regression analysis, calibration (or inverse regression), ordination techniques, cluster analysis, and spatial analysis of ecological data. The authors take pains to use only elementary mathematics and explain the ecological models behind the techniques. Exercises and solution are provided for practice. This is the only book written specifically for ecologists that explains such techniques as logistic regression, canonical correspondence analysis, and kriging (statistical manipulation of data). This is a reissue of a book first published in 1987 by Pudoc (The Netherlands). Contents List of contributors; Preface to first edition; Acknowledgement; List of symbols; Dune meadow data; 1. Introduction R. H. G. Jongman; 2. Data collection J. C. Jager and C. W. N. Looman; 3. Regression C. J. F. ter Braak and C. W. N. Looman; 4. Calibration C. J. F. ter Braak; 5. Ordination C. J. F. ter Braak; 6. Cluster analysis O. F. R. van Tongeren; 7. Spatial aspects of ecological data P. A. Burrough; 8. Numerical methods in practice: case-studies P. A. Burrough, J. A. F. Oudhof, A. Barendregt, R. H. G. Jongman and T. J. van de Nes; References; Index.


Used in course: REG-31806 Ecological Methods I
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Experimental design for the life sciences [Monograph] - 3rd edCompanion website
Ruxton, G.D. \ Colegrave, N. \ cop. 2011
biology - experimental design - experiments - statistics - sampling - measurement - data collection - textbooks - life sciences

This book teaches students how to effectively design experiments, equipping them with the skills they need to become tomorrow's top researchers. The text explains the essential elements of experimental design in clear, practical terms, so that students can grasp and apply even the most challenging concepts, including power analysis and pseudoreplication. In addition, it emphasizes the interrelatedness of experimental design, statistics, and ethical considerations throughout. A broad range of examples--drawn from the primary literature and the authors' extensive personal experience--demonstrate the practical relevance of experimental design in real-life biological research.


Used in course: NEM-20306 Research Methodology in Plant Sciences; REG-32306 Ecological Methods II
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Experimental design for the life sciences / Graeme D. Ruxton & Nick Colegrave [Monograph] - Fourth edition
Ruxton, Graeme D. \ Colegrave, Nick \ 2016

Used in course: REG-32306 Ecological Methods II
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Practical statistics for field biology [Monograph] - 2nd edTable of contents
Fowler, J. \ Cohen, L. \ Jarvis, P. \ 1998
biology - statistics - statistical analysis - sampling - multivariate analysis - field work

Provides an introductory text for students on the principles and methods of statistical analysis in the life sciences, helping them choose and analyse statistical tests for their own problems and present their findings. An understanding of statistical principles and methods is essential for any scientist but is particularly important for those in the life sciences. The field biologist faces very particular problems and challenges with statistics as "real-life" situations such as collecting insects with a sweep net or counting seagulls on a cliff face can hardly be expected to be as reliable or controllable as a laboratory-based experiment. Acknowledging the peculiarites of field-based data and its interpretation, this book provides an introduction to statistical analysis helping students relate to their particular and often diverse data with confidence and ease. To enhance the usefulness of this book, the new edition incorporates the more advanced method of multivariate analysis, introducing the nature of multivariate problems and describing the techniques of principal components analysis, cluster analysis and discriminant analysis which are all applied to biological examples. An appendix detailing the statistical computing packages available has also been included.


Used in course: REG-31806 Ecological Methods I
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Resource ecology : spatial and temporal dynamics of foraging [Monograph]
Prins, H.H.T \ Langevelde, F. van \ 2008
natural resources - resource management - ecology - herbivores - grazing - foraging - feed intake - diet studies - population distribution - herds - livestock - migration - feeding behaviour - spatial distribution - large herbivores - plant-herbivore interactions - Biodiversity - Ecology

This multi-author book deals with 'resource ecology', which is the ecology of trophic interactions between consumers and their resources. Resource ecology is perhaps the most central part of ecology. In its linkage between foraging theory and spatial ecology, it shows how old and fundamental questions can be tackled afresh. It addresses crucial aspects of the interactions between consumers and resources. Foraging is the central process in resource ecology because it leads to growth, survival and reproduction of the animal. Resource ecology forms the basis for comprehending the functioning of multi-species assemblages, and is thus key to grasp the organisation of biodiversity. For the purposes of stimulating future research, each chapter ends with two or three testable hypotheses. Each chapter is followed by a comment. This makes the book ideal for teaching and course work, because it highlights the fact that ecology is a living and active research field.


Used in course: REG-31806 Ecological Methods I
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Vegetation description and analysis : a practical approach [Monograph] - Repr. with amendments
Kent, M. \ Coker, P. \ 1992
vegetation - plant communities - plant ecology - statistical analysis - data analysis - computer software

Used in course: REG-31806 Ecological Methods I
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