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It's all in the geese!
Unpublished (2016)
  • Mohammed Ashraf
Wildlife ecologists are often interested to find out the parameters that influence the species distribution and population size. These parameters can range from intrinsic ecological factors (for example density dependent population regulation) to extrinsic anthropogenic disturbances (man made caused of greenhouse gas emission). Within this broad spectrum, wildlife ecologists often need to find out the possible underlying trend or mechanism that influence the population parameter of species that are at concern. Lot of wildlife biologists who recently graduated are in a situation where they feel the necessary statistical tools they require to successfully carry out ecological data analyses are absent due to various economic and social factors that are hindering them to access the cutting edge scientific tools and resources. This problem is more intense in developing nations where technical and academic supports are often few and far between due to weak economic and social structure and conditions. For example, both in developed and developing nations, students are often trained to carry out necessary statistical tests under conceptually unified mathematical rigor within the broad spectrum of ecology in general and mathematics in particular. Students are trained to use handful of statistical and mathematical software that they are often introduced in their undergraduate university level education. These software usually range from Minitab, SPSS, JMP, for statistical analyses and MATLAB, Maplin and Maple for mathematical programming. These are commercially lucrative easy-to-use, graphical user interphase (GUI) based high-priced software that students once graduate, struggle to get hold of due to various economic and social factors beyond their control.
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Mohammed Ashraf. "It's all in the geese!" Unpublished (2016)
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