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Handbook of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution$
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Julia Koricheva, Jessica Gurevitch, and Kerrie Mengersen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691137285

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691137285.001.0001

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Conclusions: Past, Present, and Future of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution

Conclusions: Past, Present, and Future of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution

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(p.426) 27 Conclusions: Past, Present, and Future of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution
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Handbook of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution
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Jessica Gurevitch

Julia Koricheva

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691137285.003.0027

This chapter argues that despite the strong advocates of the application of meta-analysis in ecology and evolutionary biology, it is important to recognize that meta-analysis is not always appropriate; it is useful for some applications and not in others, as with any other statistical or conceptual tool. It is inappropriate when it makes no sense to combine studies. Other cases in which meta-analysis is not a useful tool include those where data are insufficient. The remainder of the chapter discusses current challenges for meta-analysis in ecology and evolution, factors facilitating progress of meta-analysis in ecology and related disciplines, and the potential and future of meta-analysis in ecology.

Keywords:   meta-analysis, ecology, evolutionary biology, insufficient data, statistical tool, conceptual tool

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