Title

Species distribution models to inform at-risk species status assessments in the southeastern US

Abstract

The USFWS is working collaboratively with State Wildlife Agencies, Universities, Non-profits and others in the southeast to address the National Listing Workplan. The USFWS needs up-to-date information on current status and the likely impact of future changes to develop Species Status Assessments (SSAs), which help inform listing decisions. States, Universities and other partners are providing species expertise, location data, analytical support and logistical support (e.g. surveys). However, a significant knowledge gap remains in understanding potential species distributions, from which status surveys can be more strategically implemented. This project provides a bridge between species location information and the SSAs by developing empirically-driven, high resolution information on distributions of species, as well as their likely responses to landscape changes. Here we provide ensemble distribution model results for several species: Papaipema eryngii, Macbridea caroliniana, Scutellaria ocmulgee, Balduina atropurpurea and Rhynchospora crinipes. The raster files can be used in combination of other datasets in GIS for further species and landscape management.

Publication Date

1-1-2020

College

College of Forest Resources

Department

Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture

Research Center

Quantitative Ecology and Spatial Technologies Laboratory

Keywords

Species distribution model, GIS, species status assessments, Southern United States, conservation, species management

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