Provides a framework for understanding methodological issues and assists with the effective definition and planning of research.
A textbook for graduate students in ecology just embarking on their first research projects. Ford (forest resources, U. of Washington) found that many such students had considerable trouble writing research plans, and so provides them a methodological foundation. He distinguishes between methods of reasoning<-->such as how to use logic, construct a hypothesis, and develop a theory<-->from techniques of investigation<-->such as an experiment or a survey, or constructing a simulation model. Then he focuses on the former in the context of ecological research, explaining how to make scientific inference in ecology, admittedly a field without a strong theoretical base. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)