201 Stephenson Parkway, Suite 2100 Norman, OK 73019

Mapping Species Distributions

Toward Mapping & Predicting Changes in Species Distributions

Environmental changes have impacted the iconic species of our region. However, many historical datasets are difficult to access, limiting our ability to target successful management practices. Though bioclimatic envelope models can suggest changes in species distribution, non-linearities in habitat structure, phenology, etc. can affect the extent to which species actually inhabit desirable areas. Thus, managers make many decisions without adequate information regarding future scenarios.


Our Team

Established in October 2018, the Mapping and Predicting Changes in Species Distributions Working Group has 11 members:

Todd Fagin (co-lead), University of Oklahoma

Bill Bartush, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Kerry Griffis-Kyle, Texas Tech University

Robin O’Malley, North Central CASC

Nick Smith, Texas Tech University

Heather McCarthy, University of Oklahoma

Jim Ansley (co-lead), Oklahoma State University

Rachel Fovargue, University of Oklahoma

Bruce Hoagland, University of Oklahoma

Victor Rivera-Monroy, Louisiana State University

Lizz Waring, Texas Tech University

Our Projects

Research question of interest:

  • How are the distributions of key indicator taxa or ecological systems changing as a result of extreme climatic events?

*We are currently working on a concept paper to address the challenges of ecosystem service valuation across private lands.