Hierarchical species distribution models

Current Landscape Ecology Reports
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Determining the distribution pattern of a species is important to increase scientific knowledge, inform management decisions, and conserve biodiversity. To infer spatial and temporal patterns, species distribution models have been developed for use with many sampling designs and types of data. Recently, it has been shown that count, presence-absence, and presence-only data can be conceptualized as arising from a point process distribution. Therefore, it is important to understand properties of the point process distribution. We examine how the hierarchical species distribution modeling framework has been used to incorporate a wide array of regression and theory-based components while accounting for the data collection process and making use of auxiliary information. The hierarchical modeling framework allows us to demonstrate how several commonly used species distribution models can be derived from the point process distribution, highlight areas of potential overlap between different models, and suggest areas where further research is needed.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Hierarchical species distribution models
Series title Current Landscape Ecology Reports
DOI 10.1007/s40823-016-0008-7
Volume 1
Issue 2
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Seattle
Description 11 p.
First page 87
Last page 97
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