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The importance of replication in wildlife research

Journal of Wildlife Management

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Abstract

Wildlife ecology and management studies have been widely criticized for deficiencies in design or analysis. Manipulative experiments--with controls, randomization, and replication in space and time--provide powerful ways of learning about natural systems and establishing causal relationships, but such studies are rare in our field. Observational studies and sample surveys are more common; they also require appropriate design and analysis. More important than the design and analysis of individual studies is metareplication: replication of entire studies. Similar conclusions obtained from studies of the same phenomenon conducted under widely differing conditions will give us greater confidence in the generality of those findings than would any single study, however well designed and executed.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The importance of replication in wildlife research
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume:
66
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2002
Language:
English
Publisher:
Wildlife Society
Contributing office(s):
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description:
14 p.
First page:
919
Last page:
932