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      COMADRE: a global data base of animal demography


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          1. The open‐data scientific philosophy is being widely adopted and proving to promote considerable progress in ecology and evolution. Open‐data global data bases now exist on animal migration, species distribution, conservation status, etc. However, a gap exists for data on population dynamics spanning the rich diversity of the animal kingdom world‐wide. This information is fundamental to our understanding of the conditions that have shaped variation in animal life histories and their relationships with the environment, as well as the determinants of invasion and extinction.

          2. Matrix population models ( MPMs) are among the most widely used demographic tools by animal ecologists. MPMs project population dynamics based on the reproduction, survival and development of individuals in a population over their life cycle. The outputs from MPMs have direct biological interpretations, facilitating comparisons among animal species as different as Caenorhabditis elegans, Loxodonta africana and Homo sapiens.

          3. Thousands of animal demographic records exist in the form of MPMs, but they are dispersed throughout the literature, rendering comparative analyses difficult. Here, we introduce the COMADRE Animal Matrix Database, an open‐data online repository, which in its version 1.0.0 contains data on 345 species world‐wide, from 402 studies with a total of 1625 population projection matrices. COMADRE also contains ancillary information (e.g. ecoregion, taxonomy, biogeography, etc.) that facilitates interpretation of the numerous demographic metrics that can be derived from its MPMs. We provide R code to some of these examples.

          4. Synthesis: We introduce the COMADRE Animal Matrix Database, a resource for animal demography. Its open‐data nature, together with its ancillary information, will facilitate comparative analysis, as will the growing availability of databases focusing on other aspects of the rich animal diversity, and tools to query and combine them. Through future frequent updates of COMADRE, and its integration with other online resources, we encourage animal ecologists to tackle global ecological and evolutionary questions with unprecedented sample size.

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                J Anim Ecol
                J Anim Ecol
                The Journal of Animal Ecology
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                27 January 2016
                March 2016
                : 85
                : 2 , British Ecological Society Special Feature: Demography Beyond the Population ( doiID: 10.1111/jane.2016.85.issue-2 )
                : 371-384
                [ 1 ] Laboratory of Evolutionary Biodemography LaboratoryMax Planck Institute for Demographic Research Konrad‐Zuse‐Straße 1 Rostock DE‐18057Germany
                [ 2 ] ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions School of Biological SciencesThe University of Queensland Goddard building #8 St. Lucia Qld 4072Australia
                [ 3 ] Max‐Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of AgingUniversity of Southern Denmark OdenseDenmark
                [ 4 ] Department of BiologyUniversity of Southern Denmark OdenseDenmark
                [ 5 ] MaxNetAging SchoolMax Planck Institute for Demographic Research Konrad‐Zuse‐Straße 1 DE‐18057 RostockGermany
                [ 6 ] Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Department of EntomologyUniversity of Maryland College Park MD 20742USA
                [ 7 ] School of Natural SciencesZoology & Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research Trinity College Dublin Dublin 2Ireland
                [ 8 ]National Socio‐Environmental Synthesis Center 1 Park Place Annapolis MD 21401USA
                [ 9 ] Centre for Ecology and ConservationCollege of Life and Environmental Sciences University of Exeter Cornwall Campus Exeter TR10 9FEUK
                [ 10 ] Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem DynamicsUniversity of Amsterdam 1090 GE AmsterdamThe Netherlands
                [ 11 ] Biology Department MS‐34Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Woods Hole MA 02543‐1050USA
                [ 12 ]Population Research Institute Duke University Durham NC 27708‐0309USA
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                [*] [* ]Correspondence author. E‐mail: salguero@ 123456demogr.mpg.de

                Equal contribution.


                Joint senior authors.

                © 2016 The Authors. Journal of Animal Ecology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Ecological Society.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                Page count
                Pages: 14
                Funded by: Australian Research Council
                Award ID: DE140100505
                Funded by: Evolutionary Demography Laboratory at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR)
                Funded by: Natural Environmental Research Council
                Award ID: NE/N006798/1
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                animal population ecology,comparative approach,matrix population model,open‐data,population growth rate (λ)


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