We describe a new population viability tool: Spatial PVA. Spatial PVA is an individual-based spatially-explicit PVA application which employs a novel stochastic dispersal algorithm that models how animals move through habitat patches. It also includes a non-random breeding algorithm that simulates pedigrees and inbreeding depression. The model repeatedly steps through annual cycles of chance environmental, dispersal and demographic events for a specified time period. We provide a case study to demonstrate how one can compare simulated kinship coefficients with sampled genetic data to test model assumptions and inputs. We also provide a translocation example for an Australian rangelands species, the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby (Petrogale xanthopus xanthopus).
- Agent-Based Modelling
- Individual-based spatially-explicit Population Viability Analysis
- Modelling dispersal
- Modelling pedigrees
- Petrogale xanthopus xanthopus
- Risk assessment
- Simulated kinship coefficients