Estimating demographic parameters from capture–recapture data with dependence among individuals within clusters
Article first published online: 20 FEB 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Methods in Ecology and Evolution © 2013 British Ecological Society
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Volume 4, Issue 5, pages 474–482, May 2013
How to Cite
Choquet, R., Sanz-Aguilar, A., Doligez, B., Nogué, E., Pradel, R., Gustafsson, L., Gimenez, O. (2013), Estimating demographic parameters from capture–recapture data with dependence among individuals within clusters. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4: 474–482. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12030
- Issue published online: 16 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 20 FEB 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 17 JAN 2013 11:44AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 10 OCT 2012
- French ANR. Grant Number: ANR–08–JCJC–0028–01
- Spanish Ministry of Science. Grant Number: CGL 2009-08298
- within-group variance;
- mixed models;
- Two-level data, in which level-1 units or individuals are nested within level-2 units or clusters, are very common in natural populations. However, very few multilevel analyses are conducted for data with imperfect detection of individuals. Multilevel analyses are important to quantify the variability at each level of the data.
- In this study, we present two-level analyses for estimating demographic parameters from data with imperfect detection of individuals and with a source of individual variability that is nested within a source of cluster variability.
- This method allows separating and quantifying the phenotypic plasticity or facultative behavioural responses from the evolutionary responses. We illustrate our approach using data from studies of a long-lived perennially monogamous seabird, the Cory's shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) and a patchy population of collared flycatchers (Ficedula albicollis).
- We demonstrate the existence of dependence in recapture probability between paired individuals in the Cory's shearwater. In addition, we show that family structure has no influence on parent–offspring resemblance in collared flycatchers dispersal.
- The new method is implemented in program e-surge which is freely available from the internet.