One size does not fit all: Adapting mark-recapture and occupancy models for state uncertainty

Proceedings of the 2007 EURING Technical Meeting and Workshop held January 14-20, 2007 in Dunedin, New Zealand. OCLC: 213382236 PDF on file: 7058_Kendall.pdf
Edited by: David L. ThomsonEvan G. Cooch, and Michael J. Conroy


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Multistate capture?recapture models continue to be employed with greater frequency to test hypotheses about metapopulation dynamics and life history, and more recently disease dynamics. In recent years efforts have begun to adjust these models for cases where there is uncertainty about an animal?s state upon capture. These efforts can be categorized into models that permit misclassification between two states to occur in either direction or one direction, where state is certain for a subset of individuals or is always uncertain, and where estimation is based on one sampling occasion per period of interest or multiple sampling occasions per period. State uncertainty also arises in modeling patch occupancy dynamics. I consider several case studies involving bird and marine mammal studies that illustrate how misclassified states can arise, and outline model structures for properly utilizing the data that are produced. In each case misclassification occurs in only one direction (thus there is a subset of individuals or patches where state is known with certainty), and there are multiple sampling occasions per period of interest. For the cases involving capture?recapture data I allude to a general model structure that could include each example as a special case. However, this collection of cases also illustrates how difficult it is to develop a model structure that can be directly useful for answering every ecological question of interest and account for every type of data from the field.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title One size does not fit all: Adapting mark-recapture and occupancy models for state uncertainty
Series number 3
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher Springer
Publisher location New York and London
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description xxiv, 1136
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Modeling demographic processes in marked populations
First page 765
Last page 780