Sessions & workshops

Recent advances in capture-recapture studies with applications in wildlife research and conservation

Session organized by
Dr. Lucile Marescot
(CEFE, CNRS, University Montpellier, University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, EPHE, IRD, France)
Dr. Olivier Gimenez (CEFE, CNRS, University Montpellier, University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, EPHE, IRD, France)

Studying wildlife populations is challenging because not all individuals can be captured, identified and monitored exhaustively and continuously. Capture-recapture methods (CR) are a powerful tool to study individual life-history and behavioral traits and connect them to the dynamic of free-ranging populations. CR is also key to evolutionary demography through the inference of demographic parameters and establishment of causal assumptions between biological processes and environment, while accounting for individual heterogeneity and imperfect detection. In this session, recent applications of CR methods are presented, including the study of trade-offs between reproduction and survival, dominance and parental care, foraging and anti-predation vigilance, resistance and tolerance to pathogens, providing a better understanding of changes in population size and composition, inter-specific interactions and coevolution as well as insights for conservation

Plenary : Olivier Gimenez

Talk 1 : Lucile Marescot (disease ecology, spotted hyenas)

Talk 2 : Antica Culina (evolutionary trade-offs, parental care, birds)

Talk 3 : Christophe Barbraud (impact of fishing and climat on seabird demography)

Talk 4 : Ana Sanz (foraging, behaviour, birds)

Talk 5 : Pierre Dupont OR Cyril Milleret (spatial dynamics of large carnivore populations, Norway)