Measuring and monitoring wildlife communities : the problem of bias

Williams, Stephen E. (1995) Measuring and monitoring wildlife communities : the problem of bias. In: Grigg, Gordon, Hale, Peter, and Lunney, Daniel, (eds.) Conservation through sustainable use of wildlife. Centre for Conservation Biology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, pp. 140-144.

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The sustainable use of any natural resource ideally requires a baseline measurement of the biodiversity of the system, followed by consistent monitoring of the resource and other elements of the ecosystem which might possibly be affected by the utilisation of the resource. If it is necessary to monitor a faunal community (or biodiversity) rather than a single species, the number of biases involved in measuring or monitoring community parameters are greatly increased. Monitoring the relative abundance of the different species in a faunal assemblage necessitates an understanding of the associated sampling biases. These biases vary greatly between species, habitats, seasons, weather conditions, sampling technique and observers. Methods of adjusting for these types of biases are discussed using as an example the mammal assemblages of tropical rainforest in north Queensland.

Item ID: 1685
Item Type: Book Chapter (UNSPECIFIED)
ISBN: 0-86-776630-1
Keywords: monitoring, sampling bias, mammals, north Queensland, species, assemblage
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This book is the outcome of a conference entitled "Conservation through sustainable use of wildlife", held in February 1994.

Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2007
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0699 Other Biological Sciences @ 0%
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