How do COMPADRE & COMADRE work?

Watch this video for a description of the goals and internal organization of COMPADRE & COMADRE. You can also download the slides of this presentation Presentation given at the 3rd Evolutionary Demography Society conference in The Netherlands, in October 2015.

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The User Guides for COMPADRE and COMADRE contain information on all of the variables archived in the databases. As the number of published matrix population models (MPMs) grows, so do the opportunities to ask exciting questions about plant and animal demography, ecology and evolution at a global and cross-taxonomic scale. The underlying motivation behind COMPADRE and COMADRE is to facilitate this research by collecting, digitizing and archiving MPMs at a central repository in a standardized format. This process began over 25 years ago, when Franco and Silvertown compiled ca. 105 plant MPMs over the course of a decade, to create COMPADRE v.1.0.0. As COMPADRE v.1.0.0 grew in size, similar projects began elsewhere, with international research teams working independently to collate plant MPMs. COMPADRE v.3.0.0, hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) since 2011, combines these disparate efforts to create a single comprehensive database of plant demographic data. For more information on the history of COMPADRE v.3.0.0 and its forerunners, please see here. The sister database to COMPADRE, COMADRE, which focusses on animals was started at the MPIDR in 2011 and COMPADRE v.1.0.0 was released in October 2015.”