Ecological Methods

Ecological Methods

eBook - 2000
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The first edition of this book was published in 1966 and became an instant classic text. The third edition was published in 2000 authored by Professors Southwood and Henderson.


The availability of computer programs for many aspects of analysis of ecological data has continued to transform the way ecologists work. This will result in some important changes in the next (4th) edition. Many of the computational methods described in detail in the 3rd edition will be omitted and replaced with a description of the available software with brief descriptions of use and where to obtain it. In particular, reference will be made to procedures available in R and other freely available software systems.

I would also like to add some photographs of equipment in use. This would avoid lengthy descriptions of apparatus.

There needs to be far more references to web resources including equipment suppliers, software downloads and detailed methodologies. I will also ensure reference is made to suppliers in non-western countries e.g. Japan.

Recent references will be added to all chapters. Generally, references to methodologies which are no longer used will be removed. However, older references to techniques still in use will be kept to ensure the work acts as a good reference to the development of ecological methods. I intend to ensure that the 4th edition enables younger readers to access older literature, which is still invaluable though often ignored.

It is planned that there will be little increase in the overall size of the work.

Effort will be expended in making the text more accessible to advanced undergraduate and young post-graduate students. The first edition of this book was an undergraduate textbook (everyone on my course was expected to own their own copy). The 3rd edition had become an advanced text for graduate students and experienced researchers. While aiming to keep the 4th edition useful to experienced researchers, I aim to ensure that all chapters have text which is accessible and useful to students.

This classic text, whose First Edition one reviewer referred to as "the ecologists' bible," has been substantially revised and rewritten. Not only have the advances made in the field since the Second Edition been taken into account, but the scope has been explicitly extended to all macroscopic animals, with particular attention being paid to fish as well as other vertebrates.

Ecological Methods provides a unique synthesis of the methods and techniques available for the study of populations and ecosystems. Techniques used to obtain both absolute and relative population estimates are described, and approaches to the direct measurement of births, deaths, migration and the construction and interpretation of life tables are reviewed.

The text is extensively illustrated, clearly describing a wide range of equipment and methods of analysis. Comprehensive and up-to-date bibliographies to each chapter fully cover the relevant literature, and references are given to available computer programs and internet addresses. The book has an active web site providing additional illustrations, details of equipment and programs, and references to work published since the revision was completed. Like the earlier editions, this book will be an indispensable source of reference to researchers and students at all levels in the fields of ecology, entomology and zoology.

  • Completely revised and rewritten edition of a classic.
  • Scope extended to all macroscopic animals, notably fish and other vertebrates.
  • Active web site displaying additional material.
  • References to computer programmes and internet addresses throughout the text.
  • Affordable paperback.

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First published in 1966 by Methuen & Co., Ltd., with a second edition published in 1978 by Chapman & Hall, this volume has been substantially revised and rewritten to take into account advances in the field as well as to expand the scope to all macroscopic animals, with particular attention paid to fish and other vertebrates. It offers a synthesis of the methods and techniques available for the study of populations and ecosystems, intended for college level students of animal ecology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Oxford ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Science, 2000
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9780632061518
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 575 p.) : ill
Additional Contributors: Henderson, P. A.


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