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Model-Assisted Survey Estimation (mase)

Tools Posted on: September 03, 2019
Having precise estimates of our forest characteristics is important if we want to assess the status of our forests, detect change, or monitor trends. New statistical estimators enable us to improve precision by merging forest inventory data with data from a variety of remote sensing instruments but often pose computational challenges.

New statistical estimation tool is a"mase"ing!

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 26, 2019
Having precise estimates of our forest characteristics is important if we want to assess the status of our forests, detect change, or monitor trends. New statistical estimators enable us to improve precision by merging forest inventory data with data from a variety of remote sensing instruments, but often pose computational challenges. This new tutorial and R software package makes both old and new survey estimation tools easily accessible.

Revisiting the southern pine growth decline: Where are we 10 years later?

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
This paper evaluates changes in growth of pine stands in the state of Georgia, U.S.A., using USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data. In particular, data representing an additional 10-year growth cy-cle has been added to previously published results from two earlier growth cycles.

Regional patterns of major nonnative invasive plants and associated factors in upper Midwest forests

Publications Posted on: August 21, 2015
Nonnative invasive plants (IPs) are rapidly spreading into natural ecosystems (e.g., forests and grasslands). Potential threats of IP invasion into natural ecosystems include biodiversity loss, structural and environmental change, habitat degradation, and economic losses.

Analysing designed experiments in distance sampling

Publications Posted on: January 27, 2010
Distance sampling is a survey technique for estimating the abundance or density of wild animal populations. Detection probabilities of animals inherently differ by species, age class, habitats, or sex. By incorporating the change in an observer's ability to detect a particular class of animals as a function of distance, distance sampling leads to density estimates that are comparable across different species, ages, habitats, sexes, etc.

Sampling considerations for demographic and habitat studies of Northern Goshawks

Publications Posted on: July 26, 2006
We used mark-recapture methods to monitor Northern Goshawks (Accipiter gentilis) and their nests over 12 yr in an increasing sample of breeding territories (37 in 1991 to 121 in 2002) in northern Arizona. As many as 8 yr of repeated nest searching were required to identify the population of breeders, as individuals skipped egg-laying on territories for up to 7 consecutive yr.