Journal article

Combining capture-recapture data and known ages allows estimation of age-dependent survival rates

Tomas Bird, Jarod Lyon, Simon Wotherspoon, Charles Todd, Zeb Tonkin, Michael McCarthy

ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

In many animal populations, demographic parameters such as survival and recruitment vary markedly with age, as do parameters related to sampling, such as capture probability. Failing to account for such variation can result in biased estimates of population-level rates. However, estimating age-dependent survival rates can be challenging because ages of individuals are rarely known unless tagging is done at birth. For many species, it is possible to infer age based on size. In capture-recapture studies of such species, it is possible to use a growth model to infer the age at first capture of individuals. We show how to build estimates of age-dependent survival into a capture-mark-recapture mo..

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Grants

Awarded by Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

Murray Darlin Basin Authority; Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, Australian Research Council, Grant/Award Number: LP110200211