Most species exist in metapopulations in nature, such as in fragmented habitats or on archipelagos, where the spatial structure of the environment has important effects on the population dynamics. RAMAS® Metapop is an interactive program that allows you to build models for species that live in multiple patches. It incorporates the spatial aspects of metapopulation dynamics, such as the configuration of the populations, dispersal and recolonization among patches and similarity of environmental patterns experienced by the populations. The program can be used to predict extinction risks and explore management options such as reserve design, translocations and reintroductions, and to assess human impact on fragmented populations.
Use RAMAS Metapop to build models that incorporate
- spatial structure and multiple populations
- age or stage structure
- density dependence
- variability (stochasticity)
Features of RAMAS Metapop include age or stage structure for each population, random variation and temporal trend in vital rates (survivorships, fecundities) and carrying capacities of populations, several types of density dependence, age- or stage-specific dispersal rates and catastrophes.
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP or newer
- Includes option for 32- or 64-bit installation.
- Storage: 30 MB available hard drive space.