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Analysis of survival data from telemetry projects

June 9, 2009

Telemetry techniques can be used to study the survival rates of animal populations and are particularly suitable for species or settings for which band recovery models are not. Statistical methods for estimating survival rates and parameters of survival distributions from observations of radio-tagged animals will be described. These methods have been applied to medical and engineering studies and to the study of nest success. Estimates and tests based on discrete models, originally introduced by Mayfield, and on continuous models, both parametric and nonparametric, will be described. Generalizations, including staggered entry of subjects into the study and identification of mortality factors will be considered. Additional discussion topics will include sample size considerations, relocation frequency for subjects, and use of covariates.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1985
Title Analysis of survival data from telemetry projects
Authors C. M. Bunck, S.R. Winterstein, K.H. Pollock
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Title
Series Number
Index ID 5210895
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center