Quantitative Ecology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126278606, 9780080925639

Quantitative Ecology

1st Edition

Spatial and Temporal Scaling

Authors: David Schneider
eBook ISBN: 9780080925639
Hardcover ISBN: 9780126278606
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 5th May 1994
Page Count: 395
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Quantitative Ecology reviews the manifold ways that scale influences the interpretation of ecological variation. Ecologists recognize the significance of scale and magnitude in providing a context for resolution of ecological problems. Written for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty researchers, this book synthesizes a burgeoning literature on the influences of scale. As scale, magnitude, quantity, and measurement occupy an expanding role in ecology, Quantitative Ecology will be an indispensable addition to individual and institutional libraries.


Advanced undergraduate, graduate students, faculty and researchers in ecology, evolutionary biology, natural history, and environmental science. Other disciplines may include wildlife biology, zoology, ornithology, etomology, and forestry as well as courses in quantitative ecology and/or geographical ecology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Concept of Scale in Ecology. Multiscale Analysis.

Scaled Quantities: Quantities. Units and Dimensions. Rescaling Quantities. Scope of Quantities.

Spatial and Temporal Variability: The Geography and Chronology of Quantities. Quantities Derived from Sequential Measurements. Ensemble Quantities: Weighted Sums. Ensemble Quantities: Variability.

Relation of Quantities: Equations. Expected Value of a Quantity.

Scaling from the Minuscule to the Monstrous: Allometric Rescaling. Spatial Scaling. Subject Index.


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About the Author

David Schneider

Affiliations and Expertise

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada


@qu:"Widespread adoption and practice of this style of quantitative thinking could improve the quality of ecological research, both basic and applied, and enhance the potential for successful interdisciplinary syntheses." @source:--BIOSCIENCE @qu:"Schneider's book is, to my knowledge, the first to target this whole topic in a single-author text, and he should be applauded for attempting such a difficult task." @source:--TREE, Paul Giller, Department of Zoology, University College, Cork, Ireland @qu:"This is a very informative and useful book... Those who teach ecology should use this book as an excellant companion to more standard ecology textbooks." @source:--Dan L. Danielopol, in AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES INSTITUTE OF LIMNOLOGY @qu:"The mathematics are kept simple and for those interested to go deeper into applications of the topics discussed, a series of exercises is offered after each chapter. This approach distinguishes the present book from most textbooks dealing only with descriptive recipes for field or experimental ecology, published during the last years. This is a very informative and useful book. I recommend to ecologists of all ages. Those who teach ecology should use this book as an excellent companion to more standard ecology textbooks. Finally, I congratulate not only the author but also Academic Press and its books acquisitor for the realisation of this project." @source:--HYDROBIOLOGIA