What is CDmetaPOP (Cost Distance metaPOPulations)?
Our goal for this program is to provide the ability to model more complex demographic and genetic (‘demogenetic’; e.g., Labonne et al. 2008; Frank et al. 2011) processes for systems with hundreds of thousands of individuals. CDMetaPOP is a spatially-explicit, metapopulation-based program in which individuals move between patches. The program simulates the spatial patterns in individual-based genetic data as functions of individual-, patch-, and population-based demographics and movement as a function of the underlying riverscape/landscape structure. CDMetaPOP’s representation of the spatial environment, population demography, and genetic processes provides a powerful framework to investigate the impact of ecological factors on the genetic and demographic structure of populations.
Differences from CDPOP/CDFISH?
The software is in the public domain, and the recipient may not assert any proprietary rights thereto nor represent it to anyone as other than a University of Montana-produced program (version 1.x). CDmetaPOP is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The user assumes all responsibility for the accuracy and suitability of this program for a specific application. In no event will the authors or the University be liable for any damages, including lost profits, lost savings, or other incidental or consequential damages arising form the use of or the inability to use this program.
We strongly urge you to read the entire documentation before ever running CDmetaPOP. We wish to remind users that we are not in the commercial software marketing business. We are scientists who recognized the need for a tool like CDmetaPOP to assist us in our research on landscape genetic issues. Therefore, we do not wish to spend a great deal of time consulting on trivial matters concerning the use of CDmetaPOP. However, we do recognize an obligation to provide some level of information support. Of course, we welcome and encourage your criticisms and suggestions about the program at all times. We will welcome questions about how to run CDmetaPOP or interpret the output only after you have read the entire documentation. This is only fair and will eliminate many trivial questions. Finally, we are always interested in learning about how others have applied CDmetaPOP in ecological investigation and management application. Therefore, we encourage you to contact us and describe your application after using CDmetaPOP.
We hope that CDmetaPOP is of great assistance in your work and we look forward to hearing about your applications.
CDmetaPOP can be obtained from the downloads page.
Questions? A user manual can be downloaded here.
This program was originally developed by Erin Landguth, Andrew Bearlin, and Casey Day. To cite CDmetaPOP or acknowledge its use, cite this note as follows, substituting the version of the application that you used: Coming soon!
Computational Ecology Laboratory
Division of Biological Sciences (DBS)
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive, HS 507
Missoula MT, 59812-1002
Phone: (406) 243-2393
Fax: (406) 243-4184