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Additionally, studies on animals may require observations of the behaviour of individuals or groups and their interactions with each other and their environment. Monitoring individual species and groups of species Sometimes, projects may be targeted at a single species. For example, where an important species is present because of its positive interactions (including any conservation or commercial value) you might require information about its distribution, population size ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH QUESTIONS 5 and dynamics, age structure, behaviour, etc.
The more of the natural variation will be covered). However, the larger the sample, the more time and effort it will take to collect it. There are methods to calculate the optimum sample size; however, these rely on knowledge of the variability of the system. This is rarely known in advance, although a small pilot study may give some indication. If it is known or suspected that there is substantial variability, then a large sample should be taken. In most ecological surveys a large sample would include over 50 data points.
G. you cannot have –6 foxes). g. e. 5% Note that we can readily reduce measurement data to ordinal or categorical, but not the other way around. Thus, if we count the numbers of invertebrates of different species on a particular type of plant, we could subsequently express this in order of dominance from abundant through to rare (an ordinal scale) or indicate the presence or absence of different species (categories). However, if we originally merely record presence and absence of species, we cannot subsequently calculate the numbers of individuals.