Journal of Mathematical Biology

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 79–82 | Cite as

Inferring extinction in a declining population

  • Andrew R. Solow


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 data Non-stationary Poisson process Black-footed ferret 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew R. Solow
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  1. 1.Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA

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