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Predictive Species and Habitat Modeling in Landscape Ecology: Concepts and Applications

Shows how fundamental ecological theories are being explicitly integrated into model building processes
Offers practical examples of the ways modelers address the complexity of ecological systems
Presents novel methods to identify and quantify sources of uncertainty and variability in species habitat associations in time and space

By: C Ashton Drew (Editor), Yolanda F Wiersma (Editor), Falk Huettmann (Editor)

313 pages, 4 colour & 41 b/w illustrations, tables


Paperback | Oct 2014 | #221691 | ISBN-13: 9781489981356
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Hardback | Dec 2011 | #189222 | ISBN-13: 9781441973894
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About this book

Most projects in Landscape Ecology, at some point, define a species-habitat association. These models are inherently spatial, dealing with landscapes and their configurations. Whether coding behavioral rules for dispersal of simulated organisms through simulated landscapes, or designing the sampling extent of field surveys and experiments in real landscapes, landscape ecologists must make assumptions about how organisms experience and utilize the landscape. These convenient working postulates allow modelers to project the model in time and space, yet rarely are they explicitly considered. The early years of landscape ecology necessarily focused on the evolution of effective data sources, metrics, and statistical approaches that could truly capture the spatial and temporal patterns and processes of interest. Now that these tools are well established, we reflect on the ecological theories that underpin the assumptions commonly made during species distribution modeling and mapping. This is crucial for applying models to questions of global sustainability.

Due to the inherent use of GIS for much of this kind of research, and as several authors' research involves the production of multicolored map figures, there would be an 8-page color insert. Additional color figures could be made available through a digital archive, or by cost contributions of the chapter authors. Where applicable, would be relevant chapters' GIS data and model code available through a digital archive. The practice of data and code sharing is becoming standard in GIS studies, is an inherent method of this book, and will serve to add additional research value to Predictive Species and Habitat Modeling in Landscape Ecology for both academic and practitioner audiences.



Part 1: Current State of Knowledge
1. Statistical, ecological and data models
2. The state of spatio-temporal statistical modeling in ecology

Part 2: Integration of Ecological Theory into Modeling Practice
3. Linking ecological theory with species-habitat modeling
4. The role of assumption in predictions of habitat availability and quality
5. Habitat quality and ecological theory: the importance of variation in space and time
6. Data management as the scientific foundation for modeling

Part 3: Simplicity, Complexity, and Uncertainty in Applied Models
7. Variation, use, and mis-use of statistical models: effects on the interpretation of research results
8. Modeling landcover pattern and change using Random Forest
9. Focused assessment of scale-dependent vegetation pattern
10. Understanding year-to-year inconsistency in bird-landscape relations: the influence of life-history traits and model selection uncertainty
11. Boreal toad (Bufo boreas boreas) population connectivity in Yellowstone National Park: quantifying matrix resistance and model uncertainty using landscape genetics
12. Assessment of how fine-scale expert opinion improves large-scale regional species distribution models

Part 4: Designing Models for Increased Utility
13. Integrating and improving GAP wildlife habitat models with IFMAP, Michigan's forest management decision support environment
14. Linking modeling to adaptive management
15. Linking spatially explicit predictions with models in strategic conservation planning, forecasting and cumulative impact assessments

Conclusion and Outlook

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