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Analysis of Capture-Recapture Data

New Statistical Ecology text published

Posted on 13th August 2014

A book written by two members of the School's Statistics group, both active within the National Centre for Statistical Ecology, has been published this month. Analysis of Capture-Recapture Data was co-authored by Dr Rachel McCrea and Professor Byron Morgan.

To put the text into perspective: an important first step in studying the demography of wild animals is to capture them temporarily and tag them in some way so that each specimen is uniquely identifiable. Data collected at that time can be compared with later data if and when the animals are recaptured. Thus researchers can study different forms of capture-recapture data and begin to make good estimates of mortality, population size, and so on.

McCrea and Morgan's text covers many modern developments of capture-recapture, and related models and methods, and places them into historical context; presenting both classical and Bayesian methods. A range of real data sets motivates and illustrates the material, made available via the companion website

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Last Updated: 13/08/2014