Other software

This section contains links to other software relevant to wildlife population survey design and analysis. Feel free to suggest additional sites! Unless stated otherwise, all the software linked here is free.

  • MGET for ArcGIS. A toolbox for the popular ArcGIS software that includes much of the functionality found in Distance (it uses the R packages we develop). The interface may be easier to use for those with a GIS background. Developed by the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab at Duke University.
  • WiSP Wildlife Simulation Package. A set of functions written in the free software R that allow students and field researchers to investigate the behaviour of a variety of sampling schemes and estimators of wildlife density and abundance. There is also a flexible means of generating populations. Those interested in simulating distance sampling data may want to check out the R package DSsim.
  • S+DP - A set of functions written for the statistics software S+ to perform analysis of double-platform line transect surveys. Similar, but not identical, to the functionality of the MRDS engine in Distance 5.0 and later. Written by David Borchers.
  • WebSim - Software for the simulation study of trapping webs. Developed by Paul Lukacs at the Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit. WebSim is an interactive simulation program that models the process of animals being caught in trapping webs. The program allows animals to move in random walks or within a home range. Capture probability can vary by time, behavioural response, and/or individual heterogeneity. WebSim creates input files for Distance and calls the Distance analysis engine to obtain density estimates. The above link takes a page written by Paul (which we are now hosting locally) giving more information about the program and how to download it.
  • DENSITY Software for analyzing capture-recapture data from passive detector arrays. Developed by Murray Efford at Landcare Research, New Zealand. Density allows the analysis of mark-recapture data located in space, including trapping web data. It uses a new estimation method based the use of simulation and inverse prediction to fit a spatial density function. The program also provides other features including a graphical interface, a simulation module, and a tool for designing trap layouts.
  • Program MARK One of two industry standard programs for the analysis of data from marked individuals
  • E-SURGE The second one!
  • POSDEM Free software for evaluating different sampling plans.
  • CyberTracker Software that enables quick and easy entry of field data into Android Smartphones and Windows Mobile PDAs.
  • List maintained by Evan Cooch at Cornell University.
  • Patuxent Software Archive Page.
  • Bruna lab list of smartphone apps for field biologists