Journal article

Modeling the eradication of invasive mammals using the sterile male technique

Anders Goncalves da Silva, Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis, Dan Wharton

Biological Invasions | SPRINGER | Published : 2010


Large vertebrates, like the domestic goat (Capra hircus), have been transported all over the world and are an ecological disaster to numerous island and mainland ecosystems. Eradication measures for such species are generally centered on lethal methods of removing individuals, an increasingly difficult process as populations become smaller and individual animals become much more difficult to detect. In addition, methods of lethal removal are becoming less desirable in the public eye, prompting the necessity to explore alternatives. Here we investigate the use of the sterile males technique as an effective strategy in the eradication of large mammals. The results of our simulations suggest th..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Gareth J. Russell with assistance with MATHEMATICA programming, and Jacqui A. Shykoff, Robert C. Lacy, and Julie Lockwood, as well as two anonymous reviewers for constructive comments and suggestions that greatly improved the manuscript. We would like to thank the Wildlife Conservation Society and its Species Survival Fund for support of this project. AGS and SOK were funded by a Columbia University Faculty Fellowship.