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Sampling Rare or Elusive Species : Concepts, Designs, and Techniques for Estimating Population Parameters - William Thompson

Sampling Rare or Elusive Species

Concepts, Designs, and Techniques for Estimating Population Parameters

By: William Thompson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 10th December 2004
ISBN: 9781559634519
Number Of Pages: 429

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Information regarding population status and abundance of rare species plays a key role in resource management decisions. Ideally, data should be collected using statistically sound sampling methods, but by their very nature, rare or elusive species pose a difficult sampling challenge.
Sampling Rare or Elusive Species describes the latest sampling designs and survey methods for reliably estimating occupancy, abundance, and other population parameters of rare, elusive, or otherwise hard-to-detect plants and animals. It offers a mixture of theory and application, with actual examples from terrestrial, aquatic, and marine habitats around the world.
Sampling Rare or Elusive Species is the first volume devoted entirely to this topic and provides natural resource professionals with a suite of innovative approaches to gathering population status and trend data. It represents an invaluable reference for natural resource professionals around the world, including fish and wildlife biologists, ecologists, biometricians, natural resource managers, and all others whose work or research involves rare or elusive species.

"The contributors include some of the best quantitative thinkers in biology, and the book chapters are well written, thoughtfully organized, and very informative...An essential addition to the libraries of scientists and practitioners in wildlife biology."--Byron K. Williams "chief, USGS Cooperative Research Units "
"After reading this book, you will have a good appreciation of general difficulties associated with monitoring rare species but also many ideas to accomplish the task.... Overall, I highly recommend this book. It is well written and informative; the authors should be credited for synthesizing very relevant information for a sub-discipline in great need of credible methodology. For the wildlife ecologist tasked with monitoring rare or elusive species, but uncertain how, this book serves as an essential step to achieve success. For students or professionals interested in the science of rare and elusive species, consider this a must-read. For those afraid of another book full of equations, don't be; Thompson and coauthors, though no doubt capable of writing technical jargon, did a fantastic job funneling their knowledge into a very readable, informative and, dare I say, enjoyable book on sampling."--Wildlife Society Bulletin

Introductionp. 1
Sampling rare populationsp. 11
Separating components of detection probability in abundance estimation : an overview with diverse examplesp. 43
Indexes as surrogates to abundance for low-abundance speciesp. 59
Application of adaptive sampling to biological populationsp. 77
Two-phase adaptive stratified samplingp. 123
Sequential sampling for rare or geographically clustered populationsp. 134
Occupancy estimation and modeling for rare and elusive populationsp. 149
A Bayesian approach to estimating presence when a species is undetectedp. 173
Searching for new populations of rare plant species in remote locationsp. 189
Using noninvasive genetic sampling to detect and estimate abundance of rare wildlife speciesp. 211
Photographic sampling of elusive mammals in tropical forestsp. 229
Using probability sampling of animal tracks in snow to estimate population sizep. 248
Sampling rockfish populations : adaptive sampling and hydroacousticsp. 271
Survival estimation in bats : historical overview, critical appraisal, and suggestions for new approachesp. 297
Evaluating methods for monitoring populations of Mexican spotted owls : a case studyp. 337
Future directions in estimating abundance of rare or elusive speciesp. 389
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ISBN: 9781559634519
ISBN-10: 1559634510
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 429
Published: 10th December 2004
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 2