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]]>I wanted to mention that I have found some very useful basemaps for GIS applications at Databasin.org and including many peer-reviewed datasets (map layers) for conservation. For example, see: http://databasin.org/showcase

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]]>That was sort of the idea ;-). Haven’t tried GeoCAT yet.

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]]>PAST (Palaeontological Statistics): is handy for basic stats (uni- and multivariate) as well as calculating common diversity indices.

http://folk.uio.no/ohammer/past/

SAM (Spatial Analysis in Macoecology): Again, a semi-powerful but easy-to-use software platform for spatial statistics.

http://www.ecoevol.ufg.br/sam/

NetLogo: This powerful package is an awesome way to learn about agent-based models and/dynamics modelling as it has the most intuitive way of setting up models.

http://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/

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]]>– BIODIVERSE: a tool for the spatial analysis of diversity using indices based on taxonomic, phylogenetic and matrix-based relationships.

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]]>– HEXSIM: a spatially explicit, individual-based computer model designed for simulating terrestrial wildlife population dynamics and interactions

– AD MODEL BUILDER: built for the development of state-of-the-art nonlinear statistical models.

– POPTOOLS: an add-in for 32-bit PC versions of Microsoft Excel (version 97 and up) that helps with the analysis of matrix population models and simulation of stochastic processes (not available for Mac).

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