Program SPACECAP: software for estimating animal density using spatially explicit capture–recapture models
Article first published online: 17 SEP 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Methods in Ecology and Evolution © 2012 British Ecological Society
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Volume 3, Issue 6, pages 1067–1072, December 2012
How to Cite
Gopalaswamy, A. M., Royle, J. A., Hines, J. E., Singh, P., Jathanna, D., Kumar, N. S., Karanth, K. U. (2012), Program SPACECAP: software for estimating animal density using spatially explicit capture–recapture models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 3: 1067–1072. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2012.00241.x
- Issue published online: 11 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 17 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 30 NOV 2011
- abundance estimation;
- camera traps;
- carnivore conservation;
- carnivore monitoring;
- density estimation;
- faecal DNA sampling;
- hair snares;
- marked animals;
- spatial models
- The advent of spatially explicit capture–recapture models is changing the way ecologists analyse capture–recapture data. However, the advantages offered by these new models are not fully exploited because they can be difficult to implement.
- To address this need, we developed a user-friendly software package, created within the R programming environment, called SPACECAP. This package implements Bayesian spatially explicit hierarchical models to analyse spatial capture–recapture data.
- Given that a large number of field biologists prefer software with graphical user interfaces for analysing their data, SPACECAP is particularly useful as a tool to increase the adoption of Bayesian spatially explicit capture–recapture methods in practice.