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A Practical Study of the Capture/Recapture Method of Estimating Population Size

A Practical Study of the Capture/Recapture Method of Estimating Population Size

This article, created by B. Dudley of the University of Keele, describes the process the of capturing and recapturing of mobile animals in order to estimate population size. The author discusses this lesson, he states, "Opportunities to study animals and plants in their natural settings arise in school biology and in the process pupils use a number of classical ecological techniques based on sampling methods. Being classical, each technique tends to be used without it first being explored, with the result that pupils are not always aware of the underlying principles of a technique nor of the conditions necessary for its proper use." This is a great lesson as it displays how statistics can be used in non-mathematics situations. This application towards biology is a good example of its interdisciplinary nature.

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