Chapter 1. Sampling Theory and Practice

  1. Simon R. Leather
  1. Simon R. Leather and
  2. Allan D. Watt

Published Online: 26 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470750513.ch1

Insect Sampling in Forest Ecosystems

Insect Sampling in Forest Ecosystems

How to Cite

Leather, S. R. and Watt, A. D. (2005) Sampling Theory and Practice, in Insect Sampling in Forest Ecosystems (ed S. R. Leather), Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470750513.ch1

Editor Information

  1. Department of Biological Sciences, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Silwood Park, Ascot, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 7 DEC 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632053889

Online ISBN: 9780470750513



  • sampling theory;
  • information collection;
  • experimental/controlled sampling;
  • population dynamics;
  • insect sampling


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Sampling theory and practice

  • Introduction

  • Why sample?

  • A brief history of information collection

  • Estimating abundance and predicting population dynamics

  • Sampling methods

  • Deciding on the approach

  • What methods are available and what determines their use?

  • How many samples?

  • Sampling concepts

  • Informed sampling and collecting

  • Conclusions