Environmental and Ecological Statistics

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 97–109 | Cite as

Persistence models for mark-recapture

  • Fred L. Ramsey
  • Paul M. Severns


The stable of models available for analyzing mark-recapture data (Otis et al. Wild Momogr 66:135, 1978) includes those having behavioral characteristics, time variation, heterogeneity, along with combinations of those characteristics. This paper proposes use of a series of models based on the persistence model of Ramsey and Usner (Biometrics 59:331–339, 2003). We show that persistence can be modeled in combination with behavior and with time variation. We apply the persistence model to situations in which capture occasions are not equally-spaced in time. Two case studies illustrate the use of these extended persistence models.


Mark-recapture Persistence Markov chain Great Copper butterfly Wetland snails 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of StatisticsOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Botany and Plant PathologyOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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