Meta-analysis (FISH 7350)

Meta-analysis is a quantitative approach for synthesizing results from diverse research studies that address a similar hypothesis. Effect sizes calculated from individual studies are combined to elucidate general patterns across studies. Like most approaches, meta-analysis has limitations (e.g., file drawer problem, dealing with varying publication quality). However, the technique can be a powerful option for identifying patterns in disciplines where the availability of large, under-analyzed datasets is common, such as ecology, psychology, medicine, and education.

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Limnology (FISH 5320/6320)

Limnology is the study of the chemical, physical, geological, biological, and ecological processes that influence
the structure and function of aquatic communities. It is an important field of study because of increasing global
demands on freshwater natural resources which require the effective management of freshwater habitats used for drinking water, fish production, recreation, aesthetics, etc.