IPMpack: an R package for integral projection models

Metcalf, C. Jessica E., McMahon, Sean M., Salguero-Gomez, Roberto and Jongejans, Eelke (2013) IPMpack: an R package for integral projection models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4 2: 195-200. doi:10.1111/2041-210x.12001

Author Metcalf, C. Jessica E.
McMahon, Sean M.
Salguero-Gomez, Roberto
Jongejans, Eelke
Title IPMpack: an R package for integral projection models
Formatted title
IPMpack: an R package for integral projection models
Journal name Methods in Ecology and Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2041-210X
Publication date 2013-02
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/2041-210x.12001
Volume 4
Issue 2
Start page 195
End page 200
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
1. Structured demographic models offer powerful methods for addressing important questions in ecology and evolution.
2. Integral Projection Models (IPMs) are related to classic matrix models, but are more appropriate for modelling structured populations when the variable describing individuals’ demography is continuous (e.g. size, weight, etc.).
3. We present IPMpack, a free open-source software (R) package for building IPMs. The package estimates key population characteristics from IPMs, such as population growth rate in both deterministic and stochastic environments, age-specific trajectories of survival and reproduction, and sensitivities and elasticities to changes in underlying vital rates.
4. IPMpack can be used for species across a range of life cycle complexity and can include continuous and discrete (e.g. seed bank, hibernation) state variables, as well as environmental covariates of interest. Methods for diagnostics, sensitivity analyses, plotting, model comparison and many other features allow users to move from data input through analysis to inference using an array of internal functions.
5. IPMpack fills a need for readily usable tools for constructing and analysing IPMs and is designed to facilitate their use for experts and open up their use for those researchers who have little experience in the details of population models. A standardized IPMmodelling framework will also facilitate cross-study and cross-species comparative demography, encouraging the exploration of broader ecological and evolutionary questions that can be addressed by populationmodels.
Keyword Demography
Integral projection model
Passage time
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online 10 December 2012

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