Estimating experimenter induced bias in field studies: A cautionary tale.

Date: 
Friday, May 24, 1974
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Citizen Science Programs
Audience: 
Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: 
Ecology, forestry, and agriculture | General STEM
Organization:
Oregon State University
Description or Abstract: 

Biological sampling procedures that remove organisms or litter from the system being studied potentially bias the results. Bias can be estimated by considering the experimenter as a consumer in the system, and comparing experimenter consumption to other organisms feeding at the same trophic level. H. T. Odum's classic work is examined in light of this theory, and it is shown how important it is for workers to consider experimenter impact when evaluating the results of their studies.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Citation
ISSN:
1600-0706
Publication Name: 
Oikos
Volume: 
25
Page Number: 
374

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