Model-based approaches to deal with detectability: a comment on Hutto (2016)

Ecological Applications
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Abstract

In a recent paper, Hutto (2016a) challenges the need to account for detectability when interpreting data from point counts. A number of issues with model-based approaches to deal with detectability are presented, and an alternative suggested: surveying an area around each point over which detectability is assumed certain. The article contains a number of false claims and errors of logic, and we address these here. We provide suggestions about appropriate uses of distance sampling and occupancy modeling, arising from an intersection of design- and model-based inference.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Model-based approaches to deal with detectability: a comment on Hutto (2016)
Series title Ecological Applications
DOI 10.1002/eap.1553
Volume 27
Issue 5
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Ecological Society of America
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 5 p.
First page 1694
Last page 1698