Wake Tech BIO 123 - Population Estimation Assignment

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Name Section Format 5 pts Font Times New Roman Size 12 Paragraph 1 15 spacing 1 margins Grammar 3 obvious grammatical errors Honor Code Signed Two sided printing one page requirement Questions 75 pts 1 20 pts total Population Estimation Assignment Layout Organize your answers as indicated below Literature Citation in text and complete at end of assignment Reference example Author s Last Name First Initial Year Title Journal Vol Pages A Explain the procedures for both the Lincoln Petersen population estimation method 5 pts B Explain the procedure for the distance sampling population estimation method 5 pts C Construct a hypothetical scenario i e study species behavior life history and environmental conditions where it would be more feasible to use the Lincoln Petersen method 5 pts and D Construct a hypothetical scenario i e study species behavior life history and environmental conditions where it would be more feasible to use the distance sampling method 5 pts 2 15 pts Describe one of the assumptions that we discussed in class for each of the population estimation methods Lincoln Petersen and distance sampling 5 pts For each of the two assumptions you mentioned explain how it could be violated 5 pts and how that would impact accuracy and precision for the corresponding method 5 pts 3 10 points total A Which method Lincoln Petersen or distance sampling was more accurate Report your accuracy values for each method to justify your answer Why do you think this is the case 5 pts B Which method was more precise and what is the basis for your conclusion Do you support these results and why Report your confidence intervals for each method 5 pts 4 15 pts We cannot calculate accuracy in real life applications of these two methods Do you think this is problematic 5pts Why or why not 5 pts What is one or two ways to account for this and make our methods as accurate as possible 5 pts 5 15 pts total A If we re did this experiment in the late spring and placed birds at the same distances from the transect line how might environmental conditions associated with the summer season impact detection probability 5 pts B Explain if these changes to environmental conditions would lead to an under or over estimation of population size using the distance sampling method Would you expect these changes to bias the estimation accuracy of population size using the Lincoln Petersen method Explain why or why not 5 pts C If these conditions resulted in a new maximum observable distance s of 50 m for the distance sampling method what would your new density detection probability P be Your new estimate of population size N 5 pts

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Course: Bio 123-
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