Real World Ecology

Large-Scale and Long-Term Case Studies and Methods

  • ShiLi Miao
  • Susan Carstenn
  • Martha Nungesser

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. ShiLi Miao, Susan Carstenn, Martha Nungesser
    Pages 1-18
  3. James B. Grace, Andrew Youngblood, Samule M. Scheiner
    Pages 19-45
  4. Debra P.C. Peters, Brandon T. Bestelmeyer, Alan K. Knapp, Jeffrey E. Herrick, H. Curtis Monger, Kris M. Havstad
    Pages 47-72
  5. ShiLi Miao, Susan Carstenn, Cassondra Thomas, Chris Edelstein, Erik Sindhøj, Binhe Gu
    Pages 73-109
  6. Craig A. Stow, E. Conrad Lamon, Song S. Qian, Patricia A. Soranno, Kenneth H. Reckhow
    Pages 111-136
  7. Suzanne McGowan, Peter R. Leavitt
    Pages 161-208
  8. James B. Grace, Susan Carstenn, ShiLi Miao, Erik Sindhøj
    Pages 293-302
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 303-308

About this book


Increasingly, ecosystem management and restoration efforts require understanding ecological processes that occur at large temporal and spatial scales. These phenomena are difficult to study using traditional statistical approaches that require randomization, replication, and control conditions. This book presents nine case studies highlighting new quantitative tools that scientists can apply to the design and analysis of large-scale, long-term experiments. Each case study identifies inherent constraints posed by traditional experimental tools and then suggests solutions that match appropriate novel experimental designs and analyses to the research questions. A conceptual framework has emerged from these studies relating spatial and temporal scales of scientific questions to methods, available data, and current knowledge about processes and mechanisms. This book provides invaluable guidance to ecologists who conceptualize, design, analyze, and synthesize real world ecological research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • ShiLi Miao
    • 1
  • Susan Carstenn
    • 2
  • Martha Nungesser
    • 1
  1. 1.South Florida Water Management DistrictWest Palm BeachUSA
  2. 2.Hawai’i Pacific UniversityKaneoheUSA

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