Species distribution modelling – Jane Elith


Species distribution models (SDMs) use statistical learning to estimate the relationship between records of a species occurrence and the environments in which those records occur. They provide both ecological insights and the capacity to predict distributions across landscapes, sometimes to new times and places. SDMs are almost ridiculously popular as a research topic; they have widespread potential, some really interesting applications, but are plagued by all sorts of operational problems. In this talk I will present examples of the models and their use and plead for more involvement of people who are keen on models and data.

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