Arctic Shorebird Population Model

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This R script will run one example of the stochastic matrix models run by Weiser et al. (2020) to simulate shorebird populations. The model predicts population growth rates and elasticity values of vital rates. The example script is stand-alone and contains input values for one example species; input values for the other species are provided in the manuscript.

Suggested Citation

Weiser, E. L., 2020, Arctic shorebird population model: U.S. Geological Survey software release,


Referenced Publication

Weiser, EL, RB Lanctot, SC Brown, HR Gates, J Bêty, ML Boldenow, RW Brook, GS Brown, WB English, SA Flemming, SE Franks, HG Gilchrist, MA Giroux, A Johnson, S Kendall, LV Kennedy, L Koloski, E Kwon, JF Lamarre, DB Lank, CJ Latty, N Lecomte, JR Liebezeit, RL McGuire, L McKinnon, E Nol, D Payer, J Perz, J Rausch, M Robards, ST Saalfeld, NR Senner, PA Smith, M Soloviev, D Solovyeva, DH Ward, PF Woodard, & BK Sandercock. 2020. Annual adult survival drives trends in Arctic-breeding shorebirds but knowledge gaps in other vital rates remain. The Condor: Ornithological Applications: 122:1-14.