The Challenge of Monitoring Biodiversity

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:12:04 +0000

a guest blog by Charlie Outhwaite, written for the 2015 Write About Research Competition. Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is a complex term encompassing the variety of life found on Earth. It incorporates not only differences between species but within species themselves and of the environments and ecosystems where they are found. We as humans benefit […]

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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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