How to be a Quantitative Ecologist

The 'A to R' of Green Mathematics and Statistics

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Author: Jason Matthiopoulos

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119991724

Category: Mathematics

Page: 496

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Ecological research is becoming increasingly quantitative, yet students often opt out of courses in mathematics and statistics, unwittingly limiting their ability to carry out research in the future. This textbook provides a practical introduction to quantitative ecology for students and practitioners who have realised that they need this opportunity. The text is addressed to readers who haven't used mathematics since school, who were perhaps more confused than enlightened by their undergraduate lectures in statistics and who have never used a computer for much more than word processing and data entry. From this starting point, it slowly but surely instils an understanding of mathematics, statistics and programming, sufficient for initiating research in ecology. The book’s practical value is enhanced by extensive use of biological examples and the computer language R for graphics, programming and data analysis. Key Features: Provides a complete introduction to mathematics statistics and computing for ecologists. Presents a wealth of ecological examples demonstrating the applied relevance of abstract mathematical concepts, showing how a little technique can go a long way in answering interesting ecological questions. Covers elementary topics, including the rules of algebra, logarithms, geometry, calculus, descriptive statistics, probability, hypothesis testing and linear regression. Explores more advanced topics including fractals, non-linear dynamical systems, likelihood and Bayesian estimation, generalised linear, mixed and additive models, and multivariate statistics. R boxes provide step-by-step recipes for implementing the graphical and numerical techniques outlined in each section. How to be a Quantitative Ecologist provides a comprehensive introduction to mathematics, statistics and computing and is the ideal textbook for late undergraduate and postgraduate courses in environmental biology. "With a book like this, there is no excuse for people to be afraid of maths, and to be ignorant of what it can do." —Professor Tim Benton, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, UK

Whose common future?

reclaiming the commons : the Ecologist

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Author: Ecologist Magazine

Publisher: Ear

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 216

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Early Spring

An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World

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Author: Amy Seidl

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807085844

Category: Nature

Page: 172

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Offers both a personal and a research-based testimonial of the problem of global warming at a personal level, as an ecologist, her daughters, and their neighbors observe the changing weather and landscape of their small, New England town.

Having Faith

An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood

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Author: Sandra Steingraber

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0738216623

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 352

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A brilliant writer, first-time mother, and respected biologist, Sandra Steingraber tells the month-by-month story of her own pregnancy, weaving in the new knowledge of embryology, the intricate development of organs, the emerging architecture of the brain, and the transformation of the mother's body to nourish and protect the new life. At the same time, she shows all the hazards that we are now allowing to threaten each precious stage of development, including the breast-feeding relationship between mothers and their newborns. In the eyes of an ecologist, the mother's body is the first environment, the mediator between the toxins in our food, water, and air and her unborn child.Never before has the metamorphosis of a few cells into a baby seemed so astonishingly vivid, and never before has the threat of environmental pollution to conception, pregnancy, and even to the safety of breast milk been revealed with such clarity and urgency. In Having Faith, poetry and science combine in a passionate call to action.A Merloyd Lawrence Book

Post-Ecologist Politics

Social Theory and the Abdication of the Ecologist Paradigm

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Author: Ingolfur Blühdorn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134652364

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Since the late 1980s, ecological thought and the European eco-movement have gone through a phase of fundamental transformation which has been widely acknowledged but not yet theorised in any satisfactory way. This important text questions why radical ecological criticism has had so little impact on contemporary society, despite the urgency of the issues it highlights. The book offers a challenging theoretical critique of ecological thought itself.

Living Downstream

An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment

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Author: Sandra Steingraber

Publisher: Virago Press

ISBN: 9781860495359

Category: Cancer

Page: 357

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Published more than three decades after Rachel Carson's Silent Spring warned of the impact of chemicals on the environment, this book offers a critique of current thinking on cancer and its causes. It argues that the evidence has been wilfully ignored, and that the environment is still being poisoned. Throughout her study, the author weaves two stories - of Rachel Carson and her battle to be heard and of her own cancer of the bladder, which she traces back to agricultural and industrial contamination.

the ecologist

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Author: Wadebridge Ecological Centre

Publisher: Icaria Editorial

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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Serendipity

An Ecologist's Quest to Understand Nature

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Author: James A. Estes

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520960637

Category: Science

Page: 256

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To newly minted biologist James Estes, the sea otters he was studying in the leafy kelp forests off the coast of Alaska appeared to have an unbalanced relationship with their greater environment. Gorging themselves on the sea urchins that grazed among the kelp, these small charismatic mammals seemed to give little back in return. But as Estes dug deeper, he unearthed a far more complex relationship between the otter and its underwater environment, discovering that otters play a critical role in driving positive ecosystem dynamics. While teasing out the connective threads, he began to question our assumptions about ecological relationships. These questions would ultimately inspire a lifelong quest to better understand the surprising complexity of our natural world and the unexpected ways we discover it. Serendipity tells the story of James Estes’s life as a naturalist and the concepts that have driven his interest in researching the ecological role of top-level predators. Using the relationships between sea otters, kelp, and sea urchins as a touchstone, Estes retraces his investigations of numerous other species, ecosystems, and ecological processes in an attempt to discover why ecologists can learn so many details about the systems in which they work and yet understand so little about the broader processes that influence these systems. Part memoir, part natural history, and deeply inquisitive, Serendipity will entertain and inform readers as it raises thoughtful questions about our relationship with the natural world.

Pioneer Ecologist

The Life and Work of Victor Ernest Shelford, 1877-1968

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Author: Robert A. Croker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Ecologists

Page: 222

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Victor Shelford was one of the most influential figures in natural science and conservation during the first half of the 20th century. Croker (environmental history and conservation, U. of New Hampshire) follows Shelford's life from his youth and education through the pioneering decades when his research into plant and animal communities and physiological ecology helped lay the foundation for modern ecology. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Tescopoly

How One Shop Came Out on Top and Why it Matters

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Author: Andrew Simms

Publisher: Constable

ISBN: 178033740X

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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You can shop anywhere you like -- as long as it's Tesco The inexorable rise of supermarkets is big news but have we really taken on board what this means for our daily lives, and those of our children? In this searing analysis Andrew Simms, director of the acclaimed think-and-do-tank the New Economics Foundation and the person responsible for introducing 'Clone Towns' into our vernacular, tackles a subject none of us can afford to ignore. The book shows how the supermarkets -- and Tesco in particular -- have brought: " Banality -- homogenized high streets full of clone stores " Ghost towns -- superstores have drained the life from our town centres and communities " A Supermarket State -- this new commercial nanny state that knows more about you than you think " Profits from poverty -- shelves full of global plunder, produced for a pittance " Global food domination -- as the superstores expand overseas But there's change afoot, with evidence of the tide turning and consumer campaigns gaining ground. Simms ends with suggestions for change and coporate reformation to safeguard our communities and environment -- all over the world. This book has been written and published independently from the Tescopoly Alliance and is not endorsed by them.

Our Dying Planet

An Ecologist's View of the Crisis We Face

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Author: Peter Sale

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520274601

Category: Nature

Page: 360

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" Our Dying Planet is the most powerful statement on the future of life on earth I have ever read. Starting with the title, which I admire greatly, it delivers the sort of honest, accurate, no-punches-pulled assessment you would expect from a scientist who has seen the problems first hand. Coral reefs appear set to be the first major ecosystem to go extinct. Few people know more about this than Peter Sale. If every scientist were to speak as convincingly as Sale, the public might finally grasp the seriousness of the course on which we've set our planet."—Randy Olson, author of Don’t Be Such a Scientist “Peter Sale's book shows us the exquisite sensitivity of ecosystems to the consequences of human activity. This is the anthropocene epoch, a time when human beings have become a force of nature, altering properties of the biosphere on a geological scale. Read this and you will know it is very late and we must act.” —David Suzuki, author of The Sacred Balance and The Legacy “Disruptions such as overfishing, forest desecration, ocean acidification and pollution, and the wholesale destruction of coral reefs have already changed the earth disastrously. These problems will not fix themselves. For an articulate and crucial discussion of the mess we've made — and with some small hope for the future — you must read this book."—Richard Ellis, author of The Empty Ocean and The Great Sperm Whale “A bold and convincing explication of the forces inexorably leading to an environmental collapse, and sooner than most people think. Sale, a leading ecologist, tackles some sacred cows – including the implications of human population growth – and shows the many synergisms between impacts that would be devastating even if they acted alone – which they don’t. No one will read Our Dying Planet and remain complacent, but Sale sketches some promising paths out of our dilemma.”—Daniel Simberloff, coeditor of Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions

The Effective Ecologist

Succeed in the Office Environment

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Author: Neil Middleton

Publisher: Pelagic Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1784270849

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 222

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The Effective Ecologist covers the stuff that no-one told you about at university – how to develop your office-related and business skills to succeed in your career as a professional ecologist.This book shows you how to be more effective in your role, providing you with the skills and effective behaviours within the workplace that will enable your development as an ecologist.It explains what it means to be effective in the workplace and describes positive behaviours and how they can be adopted. It contains the skills needed for effective communication, organising projects, advice on planning, reporting and meetings and provides you with everything you need for a brilliant and successful career.In a clearly written and honest account full of real life examples, the author leaves no stone unturned as he describes how making small changes in your behaviour can have a positive impact upon your performance and how you are perceived in your working environment.Essential reading for anyone commencing or already pursuing a career in ecology who wants to perform at the highest level. In addition this work will be of great interest to team managers, business leaders and those responsible for the development of staff as a point of reference and guidance for their team.

Living Downstream

An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment

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Author: Sandra Steingraber

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0306818973

Category: Science

Page: 440

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The first edition of Living Downstream—an exquisite blend of precise science and engaging narrative—set a new standard for scientific writing. Poet, biologist, and cancer survivor, Steingraber uses all three kinds of experience to investigate the links between cancer and environmental toxins. The updated science in this exciting new edition strengthens the case for banning poisons now pervasive in our air, our food, and our bodies. Because synthetic chemicals linked to cancer come mostly from petroleum and coal, Steingraber shows that investing in green energy also helps prevent cancer. Saving the planet becomes a matter of saving ourselves and an issue of human rights. A documentary film based on the book will coincide with publication.

Ecologist Guide to Fashion

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Author: Ruth Styles

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782400554

Category: Clothing trade

Page: 144

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Green is the new black. Is eco fashion an endangered species? As eco fashion becomes increasingly stylish and mainstream fashion gets greener, could it be the end for green chic as we know it? The Ecologist Guide to Fashion investigates changing attitudes to eco fashion, and how the mainstream is embracing it; the good, the bad and the ugly of fashion; the big trends; and asks whether the future looks green for fashion? With eco fashion and the greening of mainstream fashion gaining momentum worldwide, and eco designers feted and recognised along with their non-eco counterparts, we say yes! More than ever before, the fashion industry is proving that it can be a force for good. Whether its local, fairtrade or organic, theres never been a better time to get into greener garments.

The Effective Ecologist

Succeed in the Office Environment

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Author: Neil Middleton

Publisher: Pelagic Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1784270849

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 222

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The Effective Ecologist covers the stuff that no-one told you about at university – how to develop your office-related and business skills to succeed in your career as a professional ecologist.This book shows you how to be more effective in your role, providing you with the skills and effective behaviours within the workplace that will enable your development as an ecologist.It explains what it means to be effective in the workplace and describes positive behaviours and how they can be adopted. It contains the skills needed for effective communication, organising projects, advice on planning, reporting and meetings and provides you with everything you need for a brilliant and successful career.In a clearly written and honest account full of real life examples, the author leaves no stone unturned as he describes how making small changes in your behaviour can have a positive impact upon your performance and how you are perceived in your working environment.Essential reading for anyone commencing or already pursuing a career in ecology who wants to perform at the highest level. In addition this work will be of great interest to team managers, business leaders and those responsible for the development of staff as a point of reference and guidance for their team.

Why Big Fierce Animals are Rare

An Ecologist's Perspective

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Author: Paul A. Colinvaux

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691023649

Category: Science

Page: 256

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Here is one of the most provocative, wide-ranging, and delightful books ever written about our environment. Paul Colinvaux takes a penetrating look at the science of ecology, bringing to his subject both profound knowledge and an enthusiasm that will encourage a greater understanding of the environment and of the efforts of those who seek to preserve it.

Ecologist-Developed Spatially-Explicit Dynamic Landscape Models

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Author: James D. Westervelt,Gordon L. Cohen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461412579

Category: Science

Page: 260

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This book is written for ecologists interested in capturing their understandings of how natural systems work in software – to help inform their work and communicate the consequences of proposed management plans. Historically, ecologists had to rely on the skills of trained computer programmers to modeling natural systems, but now a new generation of software is allowing ecologists to directly capture their understandings of systems in software. This book is a compilation of spatially explicit simulation models developed by ecologists and planners without any formal computer programming skills. Readers will be inspired to believe that they too can create similar models of the systems with which they are familiar.