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Integrating count and detection-nondetection data to model population dynamics

Overview of attention for article published in Ecology, May 2017
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Integrating count and detection-nondetection data to model population dynamics
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Ecology, May 2017
DOI 10.1002/ecy.1831
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Elise F. Zipkin, Sam Rossman, Charles B. Yackulic, J. David Wiens, James T. Thorson, Raymond J. Davis, Evan H. Campbell Grant


As the spatial and temporal scale of ecological research expands, there is increasing need for methods that integrate multiple data types into a single analytical framework. Current work on this topic primarily focuses on combining capture-recapture data from marked individuals with other data types into integrated population models. Yet, studies of species distributions and trends often rely on data from unmarked individuals across broad scales where local abundance and environmental variables may vary. We present a modeling framework for integrating detection-nondetection and count data into a single analysis to estimate population dynamics, abundance, and individual detection probabilities during sampling. Our dynamic population model assumes that site-specific abundance can change over time according to survival of individuals and gains through reproduction and immigration. The observation process for each data type is modeled by assuming that every individual present at a site has an equal probability of being detected during sampling processes. We examine our modeling approach through a series of simulations illustrating the relative value of count versus detection-nondetection data under a variety of parameter values and survey configurations. We also provide an empirical example of the model by combining long-term detection-nondetection data (1995-2014) with newly collected count data (2015-2016) from a growing population of barred owls (Strix varia) in the Pacific Northwest to examine the factors influencing population abundance over time. Our model provides a foundation for incorporating unmarked data within a single framework, even in cases where sampling processes yield different detection probabilities. This approach will be useful for survey design and to researchers interested in incorporating historical or citizen science data into analyses focused on understanding how demographic rates drive population abundance. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Unknown 170 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 50 29%
Student > Master 32 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 31 18%
Other 9 5%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 4%
Other 22 13%
Unknown 22 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 90 52%
Environmental Science 41 24%
Mathematics 2 1%
Social Sciences 2 1%
Unspecified 1 <1%
Other 4 2%
Unknown 33 19%

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