Cumulative reproduction and survival costs in female red deer

Moyes, Kelly and Coulson, Tim and Morgan, Byron J. T. and Donald, Alison and Morris, Sean J. and Clutton-Brock, Tim H. (2006) Cumulative reproduction and survival costs in female red deer. Oikos, 115 (2). pp. 241-252. ISSN 0030-1299. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Successful reproduction in a single breeding event has consistently been shown to reduce condition, fecundity and survival to the following breeding season. Few studies have examined the cumulative costs of frequent reproduction on survival. Here we use a dataset of female red deer (Cervus elaphus) from the Isle of Rum, Scotland, to model survival probability within a mark-recapture framework. By including both recent reproduction and long-term cumulative reproductive effort in the models we tested whether knowledge of lifetime reproductive effort improves our estimates of survival probability. We found that the fit of the model was significantly improved with the inclusion of longer-term measures of reproductive history. Heterogeneity in the reproductive performance of individuals influenced the expected survival cost of reproduction, with high cumulative reproductive effort associated with high survival, except with individuals reproducing in their first year where reproduction was associated with a decrease in survival. This work emphasises the need to account for reproductive history when estimating the survival probabilities of animals.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science)
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Mathematics Statistics and Actuarial Science > Statistics
Depositing User: Judith Broom
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2008 20:42
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2014 14:11
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