GENERALIZING AND TRANSFERRING A GIS-BASED SPECIES DISTRIBUTION MODEL
- Friday, November 2, 2018 from 1:40am to 2:40am
- Animal Biosciences Building, 138 - view map
Species distribution models (SDMs) are efficient simulations of the distribution of species across geographical space and help to understand the spatial patterns of biological diversity. However, they are not able to provide a description of species habitats. Geographic information systems (GIS) combined with SDMs have been used to illustrate the distribution and infer the sustainability and capability of habitats, to explore ecological relationships, as selection of vegetation types, as avoidance of habitat disturbed by humans, establishing factors like predation, and to identify landscapes favorable for establishment of a new population. Despite the large number of SDMs papers published on the last decade, the practical utility of these models in the conservation management field remain sparse. Understanding the technique of model development based on previously published maps and its limitations would stimulate the transference of habitat data to new scenarios. The main objective of the proposed research is to develop techniques that make possible the application of pre-developed species distribution map to regions outside the areas they were developed. The output of this research indicated that habitat maps could work as source of land use by wildlife on transference to new areas of interest.
- Narciso Garcia Neto