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popcluster: hierarchical population monitoring frameworks, Version 2.0.0

December 2, 2022

We developed a method to construct hierarchically nested and biologically relevant groupings of similar habitats associated with field surveys while considering structure/connectedness (movements between habitats). This approach can support mobile species using high fidelity sites where monitoring during surveys occurs, such as birthing grounds, breeding grounds, or stopovers/seasonal habitats for migratory species. Each nested level of the resulting hierarchical monitoring framework will represent an increasing number of similarly clustered survey observation sites allowing for comparisons of population changes across spatial and temporal scales. We applied these concepts to greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), a lekking (breeding grounds) species of conservation concern, across the species’ range located within the western United States.

Publication Year 2022
Title popcluster: hierarchical population monitoring frameworks, Version 2.0.0
DOI 10.5066/P9X68ADU
Authors Michael O'Donnell, David R Edmunds, Cameron Aldridge, Julie A Heinrichs, Adrian P Monroe, Peter S Coates, Brian G Prochazka, Steve Hanser, Lief A Wiechman
Product Type Software Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center