CBER Research Talk - Judith Ament - 17 September 2018

Start: Sep 17, 2018 01:00 PM
End: Sep 17, 2018 02:00 PM

Title: "Predicting mammal abundance trends under climate and land-cover change"
Judith Ament - PhD candidate, Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research (UCL) and Institute of Zoology (ZSL)
Host: Dr Alex Pigot (email)
Lankester LT, Medawar Building (map)
Abstract: To better understand biodiversity consequences of global change scenarios, models are needed that can accurately predict biodiversity trends over large areas. Habitat suitability models provide one approach to this challenge, by inferring species abundance trends from changes in the extent of suitable habitat for different species from land-use time series. Thus far however, this approach ignored population density dynamics over space and time within the extent of suitable habitat. Recently, a new set of regression models has been developed which allows prediction of wildlife population density estimates from life history traits and environmental covariates directly. In this talk I will present my recent work on combining habitat suitability models with population density models, conducted during the Young Scientists Summer Program at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna.