Book Reviews 35.2

Measuring Abundance: Methods for the Estimation of Population Size and Species Richness

Graham Upton

Paperback: 229 pages
Publisher: Pelagic Publishing
ISBN-13: 9781784272319

“Measuring the abundance of individuals and the diversity of species are core components of most ecological research projects and conservation monitoring. This book brings together in one place, for the first time, the methods used to estimate the abundance of individuals in nature.”

The purpose of this practical book is to provide a collection of statistical methods for measuring animal abundance or lack thereof. There are four parts. The first is a primer on statistical methods, going no further than maximum likelihood estimation and bootstrap. The term Bayesian only occurs once, in connection with the (a-Bayesian) BIC. Of note, I thought I had spotted a second entry, until I realized this was not a typo and the example truly was about Bawean warty pigs!

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