Statistics for Ecologists Using R and Excel: Data Collection, Exploration, Analysis and Presentation

Statistics for Ecologists Using R and Excel: Data Collection, Exploration, Analysis and Presentation

Paperback Data in the Wild

By (author) Mark Gardener

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  • Publisher: Pelagic Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 324 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 242mm x 20mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 2 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Exeter
  • ISBN 10: 1907807128
  • ISBN 13: 9781907807121
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 137,963

Product description

This is a book about the scientific process and how we apply it to data in ecology. We will learn how to plan for data collection, how to assemble data, how to analyse data and finally how to present the results. The book uses Microsoft Excel and the powerful Open Source R program to carry out data handling as well as producing graphs. Who this book is for Students of ecology and environmental science will find this book aimed at them although many other scientists will find the text useful as the principles and data analysis are the same in many disciplines. No prior knowledge is assumed and the reader can develop their skills to degree level and beyond. What you will learn from this book How to plan ecological projects How to record and assemble your data How to use Excel for data analysis and graphs How to use R for data analysis and graphs How to carry out a wide range of statistical analyses How to create professional looking graphs How to present your results

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Author information

Mark Gardener ( is an ecologist, lecturer, and writer working in the UK. His primary area of research was in pollination ecology and he has worked in the UK and around the word (principally Australia and the United States). Since his doctorate he has worked in many areas of ecology, often as a teacher and supervisor. He believes that ecological data, especially community data, is the most complicated and ill-behaved and is consequently the most fun to work with. He was introduced to R by a like-minded pedant whilst working in Australia during his doctorate. Learning R was not only fun but opened up a new avenue, making the study of community ecology a whole lot easier. He is currently self-employed and runs courses in ecology, data analysis, and R for a variety of organizations. Mark lives in rural Devon with his wife Christine, a biochemist who consequently has little need of statistics.

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Packed with well-researched information and drawing on two decades of first-hand experience, the Barn Owl Trust's book looks set to become the definitive reference for those with an interest in Barn Owls, their ecology and conservation. Like the Trust, this book is upbeat and practical, delivering an optimistic approach to Barn Owl conservation that is accessible to readers from a wealth of backgrounds. -- Mike Toms (BTO), coordinator of the national Barn Owl survey; Project Barn Owl.