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Potapov, A.
Muirhead, J. R.
Lele, S. R.
Lewis, M. A.
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gravity models
biological invasions
dispersal models
model selection
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Freshwater aquatic systems in North America are being invaded by many different species, ranging from fish, mollusks, cladocerans to various bacteria and viruses. These invasions have serious ecological and economic impacts. Human activities such as recreational boating are an important pathway for dispersal. Gravity models are used to quantify the dispersal effect of human activity. Gravity models currently used in ecology are deterministic. This paper proposes the use of stochastic gravity models in ecology, which provides new capabilities both in model building and in potential model applications. These models allow us to use standard statistical inference tools such as maximum likelihood estimation and model selection based on information criteria. To facilitate prediction, we use only those covariates that are easily available from common data sources and can be forecasted in future. This is important for forecasting the spread of invasive species in geographical and temporal domain. The proposed model is portable, that is it can be used for estimating relative boater traffic and hence relative propagule pressure for the lakes not covered by current boater surveys. This makes our results broadly applicable to various invasion prediction and management models.
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© 2011 Elsevier. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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Potapov, A., Muirhead, J. R., Lele, S. R., & Lewis, M. A. (2011). Stochastic gravity models for modeling lake invasions. Ecological Modelling, 222(4), 964-972. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2010.07.024
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