Definition of sampling units begets conclusions in ecology: The case of habitats for plant communities

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Mörsdorf, Martin Alfons; Ravolainen, Virve; Støvern, Einar; Yoccoz, Nigel Gilles; Jonsdottir, Ingibjørg; Bråthen, Kari Anne;
  • Publisher: PeerJ
  • Journal: PeerJ,volume 3 (issn: 2167-8359, eissn: 2167-8359)
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  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC4358653, doi: 10.7717/peerj.815
  • Subject: Mesic habitat | Sampling frame | VDP::Matematikk og Naturvitenskap: 400::Zoologiske og botaniske fag: 480::Økologi: 488 | Biodiversity | Expert knowledge | Snowbed habitat | Medicine | VDP::Mathematics and natural science: 400::Zoology and botany: 480::Ecology: 488 | Formal rules | R | Ecology | Plant Science | Sampling design

In ecology, expert knowledge on habitat characteristics is often used to define sampling units such as study sites. Ecologists are especially prone to such approaches when prior sampling frames are not accessible. Here we ask to what extent can different approa... View more
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