PREDICTS Project: Global Analysis Reveals Massive Biodiversity Losses
Thu, 21 May 2015 14:44:08 +0000
The changing climate is only one of a myriad of pressures faced by global biodiversity – we are also changing habitats and altering land-use on an unprecedented scale. The first global analysis published from the PREDICTS project reveals the striking global effect of land-use change on local biodiversity patterns, and highlights the importance of future […]
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29 April 2013
'An iterative approach to understanding species' ranges’
Cory Merow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut
Date & Time:
||Tuesday, 7 May at 4pm|
|Venue:||Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building (map)|
|Host:||David Redding (Ext 54229)|
Ecologists rely on knowledge of species’ ranges to understand macroecological patterns, biodiversity, niches, behavior, or simply where to find the organism they’re looking for. Often, range maps are treated as tools for subsequent analysis, however the quality and construction of these maps profoundly effects any emergent biological predictions. In this talk, I discuss a spectrum of methods for building and interpreting range maps – ranging from exploratory correlations to process-based predictions – to emphasize the linkage between biological questions, available data and appropriate methods. My goal is to define a framework for ecologists to structure data collection and make modeling decisions congruent with the biological insights they seek.
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