Designing Field Studies for Biodiversity Conservation
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Anyone working in biodiversity conservation or field ecology should understand and utilize the common-sense process of scientific inquiry: observing surroundings, framing questions, answering those questions through well-designed studies, and, in many cases, applying results to decision making. Yet the interdisciplinary nature of conservation means that many workers are not well versed in the methods of science and may misunderstand or mistrust this indispensable tool.
Designing Field Studies for Biodiversity Conservation addresses that problem by offering a comprehensible, practical guide to using scientific inquiry in conservation work. In an engaging and accessible style, award-winning tropical ecologist and teacher Peter Feinsinger melds concepts, methods, and intellectual tools into a unique approach to answering environmental questions through field studies. Focusing on the fundamentals of common sense, independent thinking, and natural history, he considers:
Detailed appendixes explain technical issues, while numerous sidebars and illustrations provide important background and thought-provoking exercises. Throughout, the author challenges the reader to integrate conceptual thinking with on-the-ground practice in order to make conservation truly effective. Feinsinger concentrates on examples from Latin America but stresses that the approach applies to local conservation concerns or field biology questions in any landscape.
Designing Field Studies for Biodiversity Conservation is an essential handbook for staff and researchers working with conservation institutions or projects worldwide, as well as for students and professionals in field ecology, wildlife biology, and related areas.
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Chapter 1. Introduction: What's Science Got to Do with It?
Chapter 2. The Inquiry Process
Chapter 3. So, What's the Question?
Chapter 4. Design: Matching Data Collection to the Scope of the Question
Chapter 5. Small Samples and Big Questions: The Role of Statistical Inference
Chapter 6. Points of View: Taking Natural History into Account
Chapter 7. Contents and Context: Taking the Whole Landscape into Account
Chapter 8. Indicators Versus Targets: Shortcuts to the Landscape's ''Health''ќ?
Chapter 9. Species Diversity: Easy to Quantify, But What Does It Mean?
Chapter 10. Extending the Reach of Inquiry
Appendix A. Calculating Confidence Limits for the Population Mean
Appendix B. Deciding on Sample Size
Appendix C. Resources Especially for Latin American Readers
Appendix D. Design and Statistics without the Jargon: A Play in Two Acts