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Quadrat Sampling: A Computer-Generated Laboratory Exercise

Obtaining spatial distributions by quadrat sampling can be difficult because field work tends to yield inconclusive data. This article describes a computer program that generates different spatial patterns for two species. It produces meaningful comparisons between two or more different habitats and uses cluster points which determine the interactions within and between species.
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Primary or BEN resource type
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords quadrat; sampling; computer-generated; ecology 101
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Educational Language
Pedagogical Use Description This article provides information about a laboratory exercise and accompanying computer program. As a practical application of ecological methods, it enables students to visualize the analytical consequences of using different quadrat sizes when sampling the same area.
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Primary Author Affiliation Union College
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Date Of Record Submission 1999-07-01

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