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Measuring Biological Diversity

Measuring Biological Diversity African Journal of Aquatic Science 2004, 29(2): 285–286 Copyright © NISC Pty Ltd Printed in South Africa — All rights reserved AFRICAN JOURNAL OF AQUATIC SCIENCE ISSN 1608–5914 Book Review Anne E Magurran (2004) Blackwell Science Ltd, Blackwell Publishing, ISBN 0-632-05633-9 www.blackwellpublishing.com Soft cover, 260 pages, £32.50 This is a book about the technical aspects of measuring bio- the difference between biological (mostly stochastic) and diversity, by a well-respected researcher in the field — statistical (mostly deterministic) models is explained. Professor Anne Magurran of the University of St Andrews in Chapter 3 investigates measures of species richness, Scotland, and is the successor to her 1998 book Ecological which is apparently a much less simple concept than it at Diversity and its Measurement. The book highlights innova- first appears. For example, sampling intensity is a major bias tive approaches to measuring taxonomic distinctness and in richness estimates. Nonparametric estimators, such as estimating species richness, and evaluates these in com- those developed by Anne Chao, are promoted as a method parison with traditional methods such as species abundance of deducing total species richness using tractable sample distributions, and diversity and evenness statistics. It will be sizes. of great value to any http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png African Journal of Aquatic Science Taylor & Francis

Measuring Biological Diversity

African Journal of Aquatic Science , Volume 29 (2): 2 – Aug 1, 2004
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Taylor & Francis
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1727-9364
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1608-5914
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10.2989/16085910409503825
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African Journal of Aquatic Science 2004, 29(2): 285–286 Copyright © NISC Pty Ltd Printed in South Africa — All rights reserved AFRICAN JOURNAL OF AQUATIC SCIENCE ISSN 1608–5914 Book Review Anne E Magurran (2004) Blackwell Science Ltd, Blackwell Publishing, ISBN 0-632-05633-9 www.blackwellpublishing.com Soft cover, 260 pages, £32.50 This is a book about the technical aspects of measuring bio- the difference between biological (mostly stochastic) and diversity, by a well-respected researcher in the field — statistical (mostly deterministic) models is explained. Professor Anne Magurran of the University of St Andrews in Chapter 3 investigates measures of species richness, Scotland, and is the successor to her 1998 book Ecological which is apparently a much less simple concept than it at Diversity and its Measurement. The book highlights innova- first appears. For example, sampling intensity is a major bias tive approaches to measuring taxonomic distinctness and in richness estimates. Nonparametric estimators, such as estimating species richness, and evaluates these in com- those developed by Anne Chao, are promoted as a method parison with traditional methods such as species abundance of deducing total species richness using tractable sample distributions, and diversity and evenness statistics. It will be sizes. of great value to any

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Published: Aug 1, 2004

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