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Estimating abundance of unmarked animal populations: accounting for imperfect detection and other sources of zero inflation

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Denes, Francisco V. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] ; Silveira, Luis Fabio [2] ; Beissinger, Steven R. [3, 4]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Biociencias, Dept Zool, Posgrad, BR-05508900 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Museu Zool, Secao Aves, BR-04218970 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Calif Berkeley, Dept Environm Sci Policy & Management, Berkeley, CA 94720 - USA
[4] Univ Calif Berkeley, Museum Vertebrate Zool, Berkeley, CA 94720 - USA
[5] Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID 83709 - USA
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION; v. 6, n. 5, p. 543-556, MAY 2015.
Web of Science Citations: 56

Inference and estimates of abundance are critical for quantifying population dynamics and impacts of environmental change. Yet imperfect detection and other phenomena that cause zero inflation can induce estimation error and obscure ecological patterns. Recent statistical advances provide an increasingly diverse array of analytical approaches for estimating population size to address these phenomena. We examine how detection error and zero inflation in count data inform the choice of analytical method for estimating population size of unmarked individuals that are not uniquely identified. We review two established (GLMs and distance sampling) and nine emerging methods that use N-mixture models (Royle-Nichols model, and basic, zero inflated, temporary emigration, beta-binomial, generalized open-population, spatially explicit, single visit and multispecies) to estimate abundance of unmarked populations, focusing on their requirements and how each method accounts for imperfect detection and zero inflation. Eight of the emerging methods can account for both imperfect detection and additional variation in population size in the forms of non-occupancy, temporary emigration, correlated detection and population dynamics. Methods differ in sampling design requirements (e.g. count vs. detection/non-detection data, single vs. multiple visits, covariate data), and their suitability for a particular study will depend on the characteristics of the study species, scale and objectives of the study, and financial and logistical considerations. Most emerging methods were developed over the past decade, so their efficacy is still under study, and additional statistical advances are likely to occur. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/13195-1 - Raptor community assessment in the Cerrado and Pantanal Biomes of Mato Grosso do Sul state, Central Brazil
Grantee:Francisco Voeroes Dénes
Support Opportunities: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 10/08528-6 - Birds of prey in the Cerrado and Pantanal biomes of Mato Grosso do Sul state: diversity, abundance, distribution, movements, and effects of habitat degradation.
Grantee:Francisco Voeroes Dénes
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate