Appendix 3: Quantitative Analysis of Skeletal Growth Records   Part C: Probabilistic Population Descriptions

Title

Appendix 3: Quantitative Analysis of Skeletal Growth Records Part C: Probabilistic Population Descriptions

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Document Type

Book Chapter

Book Title

Skeletal Growth of Aquatic Organisms: Biological Records of Environmental Change

Editors

Donald C. Rhoads and Richard A. Lutz

Description

In this appendix we propose some probabilistic and statistical techniques for describing biological populations. The techniques are illustrated with actual data, obtained from studies of coral reefs in Bermuda. In our example, we use skeletal band counts, made for a small sample of corals, to construct an age-frequency description of the coral reef population. The techniques are quite general and are applicable whenever a quantifiable skeletal growth record is exhibited by an individual organism and when one is interested in estimating the frequency distribution of the same growth pattern in the species population.

In this appendix we propose some probabilistic and statistical techniques for describing biological populations. The techniques are illustrated with actual data, obtained from studies of coral reefs in Bermuda. In our example, we use skeletal band counts, made for a small sample of corals, to construct an age-frequency description of the coral reef population. The techniques are quite general and are applicable whenever a quantifiable skeletal growth record is exhibited by an individual organism and when one is interested in estimating the frequency distribution of the same growth pattern in the species population.

ISBN

978-0306402593

Publication Date

1980

Publisher

Plenum Press

City

New York

Keywords

Aquatic Animals, Growth, Ecology

Disciplines

Marine Biology