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Introductory ecology courses include discussions of community structure, species diversity, and succession. Appreciation of sampling theory is essential to student understanding of these and other ecological concepts. For example, understanding community structure requires knowledge of what species compose the community as well as the abundance of each species. EcoSampler is designed to facilitate student investigation of sampling theory and several ecological concepts. Using data from two Pennsylvania forests, an old-growth hemlock/yellow birch community and a long-uncut mixed oak/red maple community, EcoSampler allows students to sample these communities using area (quadrat) or distance (point-quarter) methods, with haphazard, random, or systematic sampling protocols. As students... Show More


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