On increasing the quality, reliability, and rigor of wildlife science

R. J. Steidl, S. DeStefano, W. J. Matter

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Memorized definitions of science and recipes for quantitative analyses are no substitute for critical thinking in wildlife science. Inadequately understanding the philosophy of science and the principles of sampling and experimental design, not appreciating the differences between research hypotheses and statistical hypotheses, and between biological and statistical significance, and not viewing research questions within the context of ecological processes limit the quality of research efforts in wildlife science. Increasing conceptual understanding of these issues will help wildlife scientists, managers, and students develop the powerful tools necessary for creative, critical thinking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)518-521
Number of pages4
JournalWildlife Society Bulletin
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000


  • Adaptive management
  • Experimental design
  • Graduate education
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Sampling design
  • Science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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