This course covers sampling methods and analyses used to study the density and abundance of animals and plants, and other important biological variables. It starts with classic random sampling methods and their extensions (systematic sampling, stratified sampling, and more), and goes on to cover methods such as adaptive sampling, mark recapture, and line transects that have particular applicability to estimating population sizes. The theoretical basis behind methods is discussed, but the emphasis is on understanding how to use methods effectively rather than how equations are derived.
This was a great class. I learned a lot and enjoyed the format. The lessons, assignments, feedback, and discussions were all informative. I appreciate Professor Unwin's efforts to include references to web sites, journal articles, and books that will be very useful in the future. Thank you!