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 (Capture-recapture - Ecological questions, methods)

Talk 1 : Lucile Marescot (Studying the fitness costs of infection when health status is uncertain for some individuals: a case study of canine distemper virus infection in Serengeti spotted hyenas)

Talk 2 : Antica Culina (Uncovering population dynamic, habitat use, and life-history trade offs in bats and birds using capture recapture models)

Talk 3 : Christophe Barbraud (Impact of fishing and climate on seabird demography)

Talk 4 : Ana Sanz (Studying foraging strategies by multievent capture-recapture models)

Talk 5 : Pierre Dupont & Cyril Milleret (Challenges and promises of large-scale Spatial Capture Recapture)