Tools for Design and Analysis of Experiments

  • J.E. Petersen
  • W.M. Kemp
  • V.S. Kennedy
  • W.C. Dennison
  • P. Kangas

The experiments discussed in the previous two section of this book have been explicitly designed to examine how ecosystem dynamics vary with scale. The results of these experiments clearly lead to the conclusion that scaling choices can profoundly affect experimental outcome.

Most mesocosm experiments are conducted in a single size and shape system and are designed to address questions other than the effects of scale—for instance, the effects of nutrients, toxins, or species manipulations on ecological dynamics. This section addresses rules, tools, and considerations relevant to design and interpretation that are available to all researchers to ensure that experiments conducted in mesocosms adequately account for the effects of scale.

Specifically, this section of the book considers (1) statistical considerations and the implications of variability in nature for experiments, (2) dimensional analysis as a tool for designing and interpreting experimental ecosystems, and (3) simulation...


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  • J.E. Petersen
  • W.M. Kemp
  • V.S. Kennedy
  • W.C. Dennison
  • P. Kangas

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