The Death of Expertise

Rating: Tom Nichols. 2017. The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and why it matters. Oxford University Press ISBN 978 0 19 046941 2. Do you feel we have more information and less knowledge? Have you spent years honing skills and understanding in a particular topic only to be told that you know nothing? Join the band of “experts” who are increasingly told that their opinion is worth just the same as anyone else’s. Over matters of little […]

Ecological Methods 4e

Rating: PA Henderson and TRE Southwood. 2016. Ecological Methods 4e. Wiley. ISBN 978 1 118 89528 3 There are some books which go into numerous editions that are easy to review, in that new material can alter the focus of the text. Then there’s the classic text, such as the one reviewed here, where the content is so well known that it is almost enough to just give the name and hit ‘publish’! This is the fourth edition of the […]

Spatial Analysis

Rating: Mark RT Dale and Marie-Josée Fortin. 2014. Spatial Analysis: A Guide for Ecologists. 2e. Cambridge University Press.. ISBN 0 521 14350 9. The advent of relatively low-cost but powerful computational technologies has revolutionised many fields, not least ecology. It has allowed for ideas to be tested might might once only have been thought about. Whilst this is a great advantage, there are also problems, not least that the techniques used need to be clearly understood! The most obvious example […]

ONS – Environment

ONS – Environment – The Office of National Statistics has a vast range of data available if you can find it, online. One useful resource is their Compendium – 4 sections of basic UK data. This link is the environment one.

State of the World’s Forests 2012

State of the World’s Forests 2012. Despite the rise of quality online databases there is still much to be gained from the focussed look at one topic. The FAO produces a number of these each year along with a great statistics database. Well worth looking through this site for the information you can find on global-level topics.

Geostatistics Explained

Rating: Steve McKillup and Melinda Darby Dyar. 2010. Geostatistics Explained: An Introductory Guide for Earth Scientists. Cambridge University Press. ISBN978 0 521 74656 4 We might be living in an era of increased data but that does not mean that we are all equally at home with even fundamental statistics. Those who have tried to work through field experiments in ecology or environmental science will attest to the issues involved so any attempt to reduce this must be welcome (the […]