Journal of Mathematical Biology

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 79–82

Inferring extinction in a declining population


  • Andrew R. Solow
    • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

DOI: 10.1007/BF00160376

Cite this article as:
Solow, A.R. J. Math. Biol. (1993) 32: 79. doi:10.1007/BF00160376


This note describes a test for extinction in a declining population based on a record of sightings. The test assumes that, prior to extinction, the sightings follow a Poisson process with decreasing rate function. An application to a sighting record of the black-footed ferret is presented.

Key words

Sighting dataNon-stationary Poisson processBlack-footed ferret

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