SimAssem is a tool for investigating the performances of species richness estimators across widely ranging assemblages and survey designs. SimAssem also processes existing encounter data and formats existing and simulated encounter data for other programs. SimAssem, along with the open source code, will hopefully give researchers and managers a tool for assessing the development of new estimators and evaluating potential decisions in a simulated environment.
SimAssem simulates assemblages by specifying the: 1) number of species, 2) total abundance of individuals, 3) abundance distribution, 4) spatial configuration, 5) species detection probabilities, 6) survey design, and 7) number of grid cells to survey (out of a square grid comprised of 10,000 cells).
More information on SimAssem is given in Program SimAssem: software for simulating species assemblages and estimating species richness.
Reese, G.C., K.R. Wilson, and C.H. Flather. 2013. Program SimAssem:software for simulating species assemblages and estimating species richness. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4:891-896