COLONISE: a computer program to study colonization processes in metapopulations

M Foll*, OE Gaggiotti

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COLONISE is a user-friendly Microsoft (R) Windows software for the study of colonization events in natural populations. It determines the composition of the newly colonized population and makes inferences about the factors that influenced individuals to establish a new population. COLONISE uses a hierarchical Bayesian model to combine multilocus genotype data with demographic and environmental data, and a reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm to perform posterior density estimations. The software is written in C and C + + for the graphical user interface and is available at leca/presentation.html. The software integrates a tool to draw posterior density functions (histogram, running mean, traces, etc.) and to estimate parameters from them (mean, mode, variance, HPDI, etc.).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-707
Number of pages3
JournalMolecular Ecology Notes
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005


  • Bayesian methods
  • multilocus genotypes
  • parameters estimation
  • colonization
  • MCMC


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