Mapping species distributions: Spatial inference and prediction

Janet Franklin, Jennifer A. Miller

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Maps of species' distributions or habitat suitability are required for many aspects of environmental research, resource management and conservation planning. These include biodiversity assessment, reserve design, habitat management and restoration, species and habitat conservation plans and predicting the effects of environmental change on species and ecosystems. The proliferation of methods and uncertainty regarding their effectiveness can be daunting to researchers, resource managers and conservation planners alike. Franklin summarises the methods used in species distribution modeling (also called niche modeling) and presents a framework for spatial prediction of species distributions based on the attributes (space, time, scale) of the data and questions being asked. The framework links theoretical ecological models of species distributions to spatial data on species and environment, and statistical models used for spatial prediction. Providing practical guidelines to students, researchers and practitioners in a broad range of environmental sciences including ecology, geography, conservation biology, and natural resources management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages320
ISBN (Electronic)9780511810602
ISBN (Print)9780521876353
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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