Modeling Population Viability for the Desert Tortoise in the Western Mojave Desert

  title={Modeling Population Viability for the Desert Tortoise in the Western Mojave Desert},
  author={Daniel F Doak and Peter M. Kareiva and Brad Klepetka},
The desert tortoise is a threatened species living in the deserts of the American Southwest. Using size-structured demographic models, we analyzed the status of the tortoise in the Western Mojave desert and evaluated the effectiveness of possible management measures. Our demographic analyses agree with the trends reported by field censuses in showing rapid population decline. Importantly, simulations that include variation and correlation in vital rates yield highly variable forecasts of… CONTINUE READING
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