Universität Wien FIND

300149 UE Species distribution modelling (2016S)

5.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work

blocked from 18 to 22/04/2016; first meeting: 03/03, 15.00, Seminarraum des Dept. f. Botanik und Biodiversitätsforschung, Rennweg 14

Details

max. 15 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

blocked from 18 to 22/04/2016; first meeting: 03/03, 15.00, Seminarraum des Dept. f. Botanik und Biodiversitätsforschung, Rennweg 14

Thursday 03.03. 15:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Monday 18.04. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Tuesday 19.04. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Wednesday 20.04. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Thursday 21.04. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Friday 22.04. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The course will introduce to so-called species distribution modelling (habitat distribution modelling, niche-based modelling), i.e. the statistical derivation of species' niches from their geographical distribution and the use of the models to project real-word distribution of species in space and time.
The course will combine introductory lectures with pratical work. Practical work will include all main steps from data preparation, model parameterization & evaluation to projection, mapping and analysis of projection results. Practical work will be organized around a central theme which, in this year, will be the usefuleness of Austrian national parks to conserve a set of selected plant and insect species under climate warming. All practical work will be done in R, with additional use of ArcGIS for some issues.

Assessment and permitted materials

Participants will work in groups of two. Each group will have its own 'project' including the full sequence of modelling, projection and analysis work. Evaluation will be based on work during the course and on a final 15-min presentation of the groups' results.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The course requires basic familiarity with R and ArcGIS (or equivalent software). As there will be groups of two, knowledge of partners may be complementary, meaning that in each team of two persons at least one should have experience with R and the other one with GIS-software.

Positive evaluation requires regular presence, active work during the course and doing at least part of the final presentation.

Examination topics

Reading list

Guisan A. & Zimmermann N. E. 2000: Predictive habitat distribution models in ecology. Ecological Modelling 135: 147- 86.

Guisan, A. & Thuiller, W. 2005 : Predicting species distributions: offering more than simple habitat models. Ecology Letters 8: 993-1009.

Franklin, J. 2014: Mapping species distributions. Cambridge University Press.

Association in the course directory

MEC-5, MBO 7, B-WZB, WZB

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