Journal article

Predictive accuracy of population viability analysis in conservation biology.

BW Brook, JJ O'Grady, AP Chapman, MA Burgman, HR Akçakaya, R Frankham

Nature | Published : 2000


Population viability analysis (PVA) is widely applied in conservation biology to predict extinction risks for threatened species and to compare alternative options for their management. It can also be used as a basis for listing species as endangered under World Conservation Union criteria. However, there is considerable scepticism regarding the predictive accuracy of PVA, mainly because of a lack of validation in real systems. Here we conducted a retrospective test of PVA based on 21 long-term ecological studies--the first comprehensive and replicated evaluation of the predictive powers of PVA. Parameters were estimated from the first half of each data set and the second half was used to ev..

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