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.
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
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.