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Ecological Experiments : Purpose, Design and Execution - Nelson G. Hairston

Ecological Experiments

Purpose, Design and Execution

Paperback Published: 2nd April 1990
ISBN: 9780521346924
Number Of Pages: 390

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Ecological Experiments stresses the importance of manipulative field experimentation in ecology as being superior to the observational method. The book begins with a series of ecological questions that can be answered by experiments, such as: what is the importance of competition among scientists? The minimal requirements of experimental design that should be met for satisfactory field experiments are then introduced, and examples of good and poor experiments from the literature are examined in this light along with a consideration of the trade-offs that may be forced on the experiment by the conditions faced in the field. Included are descriptions of experiments in five different kinds of environments: forests, successional habitats, deserts and semideserts, fresh water (divided into lakes, ponds, and streams), and marine environments (divided according to the kind of substrate). Each experiment is discussed from the standpoint of the ecological question being answered and the quality of ecological design. For most of the environments, the experiments are arranged according to the topic level. The final chapter contains discussions of the results in the different environments, and the conclusions that the experiments in each environment permit. It is shown that interpretations of environmental phenomena must be different for each kind of environment, and that a general theory of ecology is unlikely to be obtainable.

' ... when it comes to writing about ecological experimentation Hairston is unbeatable. This is the best ecology book to appear in several years. It is instructional, entertaining and unmatched in the breadth and distinction of its scholarship.' Michael J. Crawley, Nature

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Ecological problems and how they are approachedp. 1
Minimal requirements of experimental design in ecologyp. 23
Trade-offs in ecological experimentationp. 52
Experiments in forestsp. 67
Experiments in terrestrial successional communitiesp. 128
Experiments in arid environmentsp. 170
Experiments in fresh waterp. 200
Experiments in marine environmentsp. 260
Conclusions to be drawn from field experimentsp. 316
Referencesp. 329
Name indexp. 352
Subject indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780521346924
ISBN-10: 0521346924
Series: Cambridge Studies in Ecology (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 390
Published: 2nd April 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.29  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.57