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Interaction Assessment: A modeling tool for predicting population dynamics from field data

Ecological Modelling

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https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2005.07.012

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Abstract

Interaction Assessment (INTASS) is a field and analytic methodology for constructing population dynamics models. Because data collected in generating a model for one species comprise much of the information needed for other species, a small increase in effort can result in simultaneous expressions for the dynamics of multiple species. These expressions can be used to simulate whole community responses to environmental change, including management actions. Since publication of the most recent paper in this series, the INTASS methodology has undergone a large number of developments. These include the use of conceptual models to direct field and modeling efforts and incorporation of an information theoretic approach to model selection. We review these modifications and additions, applying them to a population of Sitka black-tailed deer (Odocoilius hemionis) in Alaska and to cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) at the Desert Experimental Range in Utah. In both cases, useful information about the species’ ecology and population trends was ascertained. INTASS is portable across a wide range of taxa, habitats and management situations.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Interaction Assessment: A modeling tool for predicting population dynamics from field data
Series title:
Ecological Modelling
DOI:
10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2005.07.012
Volume:
192
Issue:
3-4
Year Published:
2006
Language:
English
Publisher:
Elsevier
Contributing office(s):
Western Fisheries Research Center
Description:
14 p.
First page:
557
Last page:
570
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N