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BOOK REVIEWS: Analysis of Ecological Communities

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As an aspiring student in forest ecology, I was never more distressed about my career choice than when a senior graduate student predicted that I would spend more time learning statistics than any other subject. Twenty years later, the contents of my bookshelf and hard drive provide compelling evidence of the truth of this prediction. Community ecology has collected an eclectic mix of multivariate techniques to quantify the relationships among species and their environment. The challenge has always been to sort through the lot to find the most appropriate approach given the question and the data. While I still sometimes pine for the simplicity of a two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), Bruce McCune and James Grace's book, Analysis of Ecological Communities satisfies my craving for statistical clarity. They provide an exemplary guide to the convoluted terrain of multivariate data analysis.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Book Review

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forest Community Ecology Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management University of California, Berkeley 151 Hilgard Hall Berkeley CA 94720 Phone: (510) 643-0684, Email:

Publication date: December 1, 2004

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

    Also published by SAF:
    Journal of Forestry
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