Measuring Biological Diversity
By (author) Anne E. Magurran
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Measuring Biological Diversity by Anne E. Magurran
Book DescriptionThis 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. It helps the reader quantify and interpret patterns of ecological diversity, focusing on the measurement and estimation of species richness and abundance.It explores the concept of ecological diversity, bringing new perspectives to a field beset by contradictory views and advice. The discussion spans issues, such as the meaning of community in the context of ecological diversity, scales of diversity and distribution of diversity among taxa. It 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. It includes worked examples of key methods in helping people to understand the techniques and use available computer packages more effectively.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780632056330
(247mm x 175mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Blackwell Science Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Anne E. Magurran
Biological Diversity, Hardback (November 2010)
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.
Evolutionary Ecology, Paperback (August 2005)
Presents an account of the evolutionary ecology of the guppy. This book shows how guppies provided some of the first evidence of sperm competition and sexual selection, and how they inform scientific thought on mating systems and cryptic choice. It is useful to students and researchers in the fields of behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology.
Evolution of Biological Diversity, Paperback (April 1999)» View all books by Anne E. Magurran
Within the current context of global interest in biological diversity, this is a review of research into the evolutionary origins of biological diversity and the processes of speciation.
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Author Biography - Anne E. Magurran
Anne E. Magurran is Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of St Andrews. She is interested in the measurement, evolution, and conservation of biological diversity. Her research is focused on the behavior and ecology of freshwater fish in the neotropics (the Brazilian Amazon, Trinidad, and Mexico) and in Britain.
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