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Hierarchical Models for Estimation of Population Parameters

Development of Statistical Methods for Biological Applications



Barker, R. J. and W. A. Link. 2015. Truth, models, model sets, AIC, and multimodel inference: A Bayesian perspective. Journal of Wildlife Management Online Early May 7 Abstract


Link, W. A. 2014. A cautionary note on the discrete uniform prior for the binomial N: reply. Ecology 95:2677-2679. Abstract

Link, W. A. and J. R. Sauer. 2014. Modeling participation duration, with application to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Communications in Statistics - Theory and Methods Online Early September 4 Abstract

McClintock, B. T., L. L. Bailey, B. P. Dreher, and W. A. Link. 2014. Probit models for capture-recapture data subject to imperfect detection, individual heterogeneity and misidentification. Annals of Applied Statistics 8(4):2461-2486. Abstract

Sauer, J. R., G. S. Zimmerman, J. D. Klimstra, and W. A. Link. 2014. Hierarchical model analysis of the Atlantic Flyway Breeding Waterfowl Survey. Journal of Wildlife Management 78(6):1050-1059. Abstract


Barker, R. J. and W. A. Link. 2013. Bayesian Multimodel Inference by RJMCMC: A Gibbs Sampling Approach. American Statistician 67(3):150-156. Abstract

Cam, E., O. Gimenez, R. Alpizar-Jara, L. M. Aubry, M. Authier, E. G. Cooch, D. N. Koons, W. A. Link, J.-Y. Monnat, J. D. Nichols, J. J. Rotella, J. A. Royle, and R. Pradel. 2013. Looking for a needle in a haystack: Inference about individual fitness components in a heterogeneous population. Oikos 122(5):739-753. Abstract

Fellers, G. M., P. M. Kleeman, D. A. W. Miller, B. J. Halstead, and W. A. Link. 2013. Population size, survival, growth, and movements of Rana sierrae. Herpetologica 69(2):147-162. Abstract

Higgs, M. D., W. A. Link, G. C. White, M. A. Haroldson, and D. D. Bjornlie. 2013. Insights into the latent multinomial model through mark-resight data on female grizzly bears with cubs-of-the-year. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics 18(4):556-577. Abstract

Link, W. A. 2013. A cautionary note on the discrete uniform prior for the binomial N. Ecology 94(10):2173-2179. Abstract

Sauer, J. R., W. A. Link, J. E. Fallon, K. L. Pardieck, and D. J. Jr. Ziolkowski. 2013. The North American Breeding Bird Survey 1966-2011: Summary Analysis and Species Accounts. North American Fauna 79:1-32. Abstract

Zimmerman, G. S., J. J. Millspaugh, W. A. Link, R. J. Woods, and R. J. Gutiérrez. 2013. A flexible Bayesian hierarchical approach for analyzing spatial and temporal variation in the fecal corticosterone levels in birds when there is imperfect knowledge of individual identity. General and Comparative Endocrinology 194:64-70. Abstract


Link, W. A. and M. J. Eaton. 2012. On thinning of chains in MCMC. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3(1):112-115. Abstract

Rotella, J. J., W. A. Link, T. Chambert, G. E. Stauffer, and R. A. Garrott. 2012. Evaluating the demographic buffering hypothesis with vital rates estimated for Weddell seals from 30 years of mark-recapture data. Journal of Animal Ecology 81(1):162-173. Abstract

Zimmerman, G. S., J. R. Sauer, W. A. Link, and M. Otto. 2012. Composite analysis of black duck breeding population surveys in eastern North America. Journal of Wildlife Management 76(6):1165-1176. Abstract


Eaton, M. J. and W. A. Link. 2011. Estimating age from recapture data: integrating incremental growth measures with ancillary data to infer age-at-length. Ecological Applications 21(7):2487-2497. Abstract

Link, W. A. 2011. [Book Review] Bayesian Analysis for Population Ecology. Ruth King, Byron J. T. Morgan, Olivier Gimenez, and Stephen P. Brooks. Boca Raton, FL: Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2010. American Statistician 65(1):61-62. Abstract

Sauer, J. R. and W. A. Link. 2011. Analysis of the North American Breeding Bird Survey using hierarchical models. Auk 128(1):87-98. Abstract

Smith, D. H. V., S. J. Converse, K. W. Gibson, A. Moehrenschlager, W. A. Link, G. H. Olsen, and K. Maguire. 2011. Decision analysis for conservation breeding: Maximizing production for reintroduction of whooping cranes. Journal of Wildlife Management 75(3):501-508. Abstract

Yoshizaki, J., C. Brownie, K. H. Pollock, and W. A. Link. 2011. Modeling misidentification errors that result from use of genetic tags in capture-recapture studies. Environmental and Ecological Statistics 18(1):27-55. Abstract


Droege, S., V. J. Tepedino, G. Lebuhn, W. A. Link, R. L. Minckley, Q. Chen, and C. Conrad. 2010. Spatial patterns of bee captures in North American bowl trapping surveys. Insect Conservation and Diversity 3(1):15-23. Abstract

Link, W. A. and R. J. Barker. 2010. Bayesian Inference: with ecological applications. . Elsevier/Academic, Boston, MA. xiii, 339 pp. Abstract

Link, W. A., J. Yoshizaki, L. L. Bailey, and K. H. Pollock. 2010. Uncovering a latent multinomial: Analysis of mark-recapture data with misidentification. Biometrics 66(1):178-185. Abstract

Nichols, J. M., M. Currie, F. Bucholtz, and W. A. Link. 2010. Bayesian estimation of weak material dispersion: theory and experiment. Optics Express 18(3):2076-2089. Abstract

Nichols, J. M., W. A. Link, K. D. Murphy, and C. C. Olson. 2010. A Bayesian approach to identifying structural nonlinearity using free-decay response: Application to damage detection in composites. Journal of Sound and Vibration 329(15):2995-3007. Abstract

Sauer, J. R., W. A. Link, W. L. Kendall, and D. D. Dolton. 2010. Comparative analysis of mourning dove population change in North America. Journal of Wildlife Management 74(5):1059-1069. Abstract

Zimmerman, G. S., W. A. Link, M. J. Conroy, J. R. Sauer, K. D. Richkus, and G. S. Boomer. 2010. Estimating migratory game-bird productivity by integrating age ratio and banding data. Wildlife Research 37(7):612-622. Abstract


Link, W. A. and R. J. Barker. 2009. Bayes factors and multimodel inference. Pages 595-615 in David L. Thomson, Evan G. Cooch, and Michael J. Conroy, editors. Modeling demographic processes in marked populations. Environmental and ecological statistics 3. Springer, New York and London. xxiv, 1136 pp. Abstract

Rotella, J. J., W. A. Link, J. D. Nichols, G. L. Hadley, R. A. Garrott, and K. M. Proffitt. 2009. An evaluation of density-dependent and density-independent influences on population growth rates in Weddell seals. Ecology 90(4):975-984. Abstract

Sauer, J. R., D. K. Niven, W. A. Link, and G. S. Butcher. 2009. Analysis and summary of Christmas Bird Count data. Avocetta 33(2):13-18. Abstract

Seavy, N. E., M. H. Reynolds, W. A. Link, and J. S. Hatfield. 2009. Postcatastrophe population dynamics and density dependence of an endemic island duck. Journal of Wildlife Management 73(3):414-418. Abstract


Link, W. A. and R. J. Barker. 2008. Efficient implementation of the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm, with application to the Cormack–Jolly–Seber model. Environmental and Ecological Statistics 15:79-87. Abstract

Link, W. A., J. R. Sauer, and D. K. Niven. 2008. Combining Breeding Bird Survey and Christmas Bird Count data to evaluate seasonal components of population change in Northern Bobwhite. Journal of Wildlife Management 72(1):44-51. Abstract

Rattner, B. A., M. A. Whitehead, G. Gasper, C. U. Meteyer, W. A. Link, M. A. Taggart, A. A. Meharg, O. H. Pattee, and D. J. Pain. 2008. Apparent tolerance of turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 27(11):2341-2345. Abstract

Sauer, J. R., W. A. Link, W. L. Kendall, J. R. Kelley, and D. K. Niven. 2008. A hierarchical model for estimating change in American Woodcock populations. Journal of Wildlife Management 72(1):204-214. Abstract  

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