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Spatial Pattern Analysis in Plant Ecology

Spatial Pattern Analysis in Plant Ecology
Mark R.T. Dale
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
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cloth, 326 p., $69.95

Mark Dale provides an excellent introduction to the mathematics of pattern recognition and its application to ecological studies. Requiring a basic understanding of statistical methods and sampling techniques, the book analyzes different methods of digesting data from the field. The first three chapters give the reader the basics in terms of defining spatial pattern analysis, sampling and fundamental methods for one dimension and one species. The middle three chapters describe more complex (and hence more realistic) situations with multiple species and dimensions. The last three chapters treat the basic problem of these sorts of surveys: how do you handle changes over time? Fittingly, this book ends with 16 questions, suggesting much more work awaits us in the field and with our computers to make pattern analysis really valuable as a tool in conservation and other disciplines.

— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information, School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.