Abstract # 24:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 17, 2010 02:45 PM-05:00 PM: Session 4 (Medallion Ballroom A) Workshop


THE STATISTICS OF LARGE-SCALE PRIMATE POPULATIONS: RECORDS, DEMOGRAPHICS, AND GENETICS

J. Ha
Washington National Primate Research Center, and Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-7330, USA
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     In this workshop, I will focus on the statistical issues of monitoring and managing relatively large nonhuman primate colonies, focusing primarily on captive colonies but with applications to wild or free-ranging populations. The presentation will include four parts: (1) philosophy, principles and practicalities of colony record-keeping; (2) analysis of demographic data, including stochastic approaches; (3) analysis of population genetic information, and (4) emerging methods for combining demographic and genetic information. These latter methods can significantly improve decision-making in the management of a colony, and include techniques like agent-based modeling and virtual worlds. I will discuss practical issues like software solutions and statistics, as well as issues of large-scale information exchange and data-sharing, and provide time for discussion and questions. Supported by NIH grants RR00166 and HD02274.