Introduction to Methods and Models in Ecology Evolution and Conservation Biology
This unique textbook introduces undergraduate students to quantitative models and methods in ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation. Firstly, it explores the core concepts shared by these related fields using tools and practical skills such as experimental design, generating phylogenies, basic statistical inference, and persuasive grant writing. Moreover it explore contributors use examples from their own cutting-edge research, providing diverse views to engage students and broaden their understanding.
An introduction to Methods and Models in Ecology Evolution is the only textbook on the subject featuring a collaborative “active learning” approach that emphasizes hands-on learning. Every chapter has exercises that enable students to work directly with the material at their own pace and in small groups. Each problem includes data presented in a rich array of formats, which students use to answer questions that illustrate patterns, principles, and methods. Topics range from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and population effective size to optimal foraging and indices of biodiversity. The book also includes a comprehensive glossary.
In addition to the editors, the contributors are James Beck, Cawas Behram Engineer, John Gaskin, Luke Harmon, Jon Hess, Jason Kolbe, Kenneth H. Kozak, Robert J. Robertson, Emily Silverman, Beth Sparks-Jackson, and Anton Weisstein.
What’s you get in ” An introduction to Methods and Models in Ecology Evolution “
- Provides experience with hypothesis testing, experimental design, and scientific reasoning
- Covers core quantitative models and methods in ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation
- Turns “discussion sections” into “thinking labs”
Reviews of “Introduction to Methods and Models in Ecology Evolution and Conservation Biology” :
- “A very worthwhile contribution. The authors expose students to quantitative methods using a very hands-on approach. The exercises increase students’ comfort with data analysis and quantitative methods while also helping them to develop independent critical thinking and practical problem-solving skills. I do not know of any other textbook that offers this approach in evolution and ecology.”―Suzanne H. Alonzo, Yale University
- “Braude and Low combine approaches and methodologies from ecology, evolution, and behavior, and emphasize quantitative exercises. Most other books that I’m familiar with are largely focused on either ecology or evolution. It makes sense to me to combine all of this material under a single cover. I can’t think of another book like this one.”–Jonathan Shurin, University of British Columbia
- Stanton Braude is lecturer in biology at Washington University in St. Louis.
- Bobbi S. Low is professor of resource ecology at the University of Michigan.