popdemo: an R package for population demography using projection matrix analysis

Authors

  • Iain Stott,

    1. Centre for Ecology and Conservation, Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter Cornwall Campus, Tremough, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9EZ, UK
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  • David J. Hodgson,

    Corresponding author
    1. Centre for Ecology and Conservation, Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter Cornwall Campus, Tremough, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9EZ, UK
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  • Stuart Townley

    1. Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter Cornwall Campus, Tremough, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9EZ, UK
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Correspondence author. E-mail: d.j.hodgson@exeter.ac.uk

Summary

1. Effective population management requires accurate predictions of future population dynamics and how they may be manipulated to achieve management goals.

2. The R package popdemo provides software tools for novel analytical methods that aim to enhance the predictive power of basic population projection matrix models. These include indices of transient population dynamics and transfer function analyses.

3. We use a case study to demonstrate the use and importance of these methods for population management and briefly discuss their potential application outside population ecology.

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