NCEAS Project 4080

Synthesis of the biodiversity knowledge base: Towards a global database of terrestrial vertebrate distributions

  • Thomas Brooks

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group16th—20th July 2001Participant List  
Working Group4th—7th February 2002Participant List  

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We propose a working group of ecologists, species experts and NGO representatives to establish a synthesis of global terrestrial vertebrate distributions. Distributions of vertebrates have been mapped by various authors and institutions at different taxonomic and geographic extent, resolution and accuracy. The amount of information and the techniques to handle large quantities of spatial data have now reached a level, which would allow data synthesis for this group at a global scale. The aims of the proposed working group are to facilitate accessibility of currently non-public datasets, to identify and act on filling the remaining gaps of distributional knowledge, and to analyze the resulting databases. The benefits are many-fold. The synthesis will enable standardized quantification of threat of extinction from small range size alone for all terrestrial vertebrates. It will boost efficiency of large-scale conservation priority setting by an unbiased identification of patterns of between-site complementarity in species representation. It will allow rapid assessment of vertebrate diversity of regions under threat of change. It will act as a coarse-resolution basis for deductive modeling of species' fine-scale distribution. Furthermore it will allow methodologically rigorous scrutiny of traditional hypotheses of determinants of species distributions and is likely to trigger significant advancement of the field of large-scale ecology. The proposed working group shall act as a base for both the necessary data synthesis and subsequent collaborative analysis and dissemination of the compiled data.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Book Baillie, Jonathan; Bennun, L.; Brooks, Thomas; Butchart, Stuart H.M.; Chanson, Janice S.; Cokeliss, Zoe; Hilton-Taylor, Craig; Hoffmann, Michael; Mace, Georgina; Mainka, S. A.; Pollock, Caroline M.; Rodrigues, Ana S. L.; Stattersfield, Ali; Stuart, Simon. 2004. A Global Species Assessment. IUCN - The World Conservation Union. Gland, Switzerland.
Presentations Brooks, Thomas. 2001. Biological fingerprinting: Use of remote sensing for improved modelling and monitoring of biodiversity, December 2001. American Museum of Natural History. New York.
Presentations Brooks, Thomas. 2002. Biodiversity hotspots. Freshwater Workshop, March 2002. White Oak Plantation, FL.
Presentations Brooks, Thomas. 2002. Conservation science, strategy and tactics. Cambridge Student Conference on Conservation Biology, March 2002. United Kingdom.
Report or White Paper Brooks, Thomas. 2002. Report of the Second Meeting of the Mammal Subgroup of the Towards a Global Database of Terrestrial Vertebrate Distributions Working Group, 4-7 February 2002.
Journal Article Brooks, Thomas; Bakarr, Mohamed; Boucher, Tim; da Fonseca, Gustavo A. B.; Hilton-Taylor, Craig; Hoekstra, Jonathan; Moritz, Tom; Olivieri, Silvio; Parrish, Jeff; Pressey, Robert; Rodrigues, Ana S. L.; Sechrest, Wes; Stattersfield, Ali; Strahm, Wendy; Stuart, Simon. 2004. Coverage provided by the global protected-area system: Is it enough?. BioScience. Vol: 54(12). Pages 1081-1091.
Journal Article Lamoreux, John; Akçakaya, H. Resit; Bennun, L.; Collar, N. J.; Boitani, Luigi; Brackett, D.; Brautigam, A.; Brooks, Thomas; da Fonseca, Gustavo A. B.; Mittermeier, Russell A.; Rylands, Anthony B.; Gardenfors, U.; Hilton-Taylor, Craig; Mace, Georgina; Stein, Bruce; Stuart, Simon. 2003. Value of the IUCN Red List. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. Vol: 18(5). Pages 214-215.
Book Chapter Mace, Georgina; Masundire, Hillary; Baillie, Jonathan; Ricketts, Taylor; Brooks, Thomas; Hoffmann, Michael; Balmford, Andrew; Purvis, Andy; Reyers, B.; Wang, Jinliang; Revenga, Carmen; Kennedy, E.; Naeem, Shahid; Alkemade, R.; Allnutt, T.; Bakarr, Mohamed; Bond, William J.; Chanson, Janice S.; Cox, Neil A.; Fonseca, Gustavo; Hilton-Taylor, Craig; Loucks, C.; Rodrigues, Ana S. L.; Sechrest, Wes; Stattersfield, Ali; van Rensburg, B. J.; Whiteman, C. 2005. Biodiversity. Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Conditions and Trends (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment). Island Press. Washington, DC. Pages 53-98.
Journal Article Rodrigues, Ana S. L.; Akçakaya, H. Resit; Andelman, Sandy J.; Bakarr, Mohamed; Boitani, Luigi; Brooks, Thomas; Chanson, Janice S.; Fishpool, Lincoln; da Fonseca, Gustavo A. B.; Gaston, Kevin J.; Hoffmann, Michael; Marquet, Pablo A.; Pilgrim, J. D.; Pressey, Robert; Schipper, Jan; Sechrest, Wes; Stuart, Simon; Underhill, Les G.; Waller, R. W.; Watts, M.E. J.; Yan, Xie. 2004. Global gap analysis: Priority regions for expanding the global protected-area network. BioScience. Vol: 54(12). Pages 1092-1100.
Journal Article Rodrigues, Ana S. L.; Pilgrim, J. D.; Lamoreux, John; Hoffmann, Michael; Brooks, Thomas. 2006. The value of the IUCN Red List for conservation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. Vol: 21(2). Pages 71-76.
Journal Article Schipper, Jan; Chanson, Janice S.; Chiozza, Federica; Cox, Neil A.; Hoffmann, Michael; Katariya, Vineet; Lamoreux, John; Rodrigues, Ana S. L.; Stuart, Simon; Temple, Helen J.; Baillie, Jonathan; Boitani, Luigi; Lacher Jr., Thomas E.; Mittermeier, Russell A.; Smith, Andrew; Absolon, Daniel; Aguiar, John M.; Amori, Giovanni; Bakkour, Noura; Baldi, Ricardo; Berridge, Richard J.; Bielby, Jon; Black, Patricia A.; Blanc, J. Julian; Brooks, Thomas; Burton, James A.; Butynski, Thomas M.; Catullo, Gianluca; Chapman, Roselle; Cokeliss, Zoe; Collen, Ben; Conroy, Jim; Cooke, Justin G.; da Fonseca, Gustavo A. B.; Derocher, Andrew E.; Dublin, Holly T.; Duckworth, J. W.; Emmons, Louise; Emslie, Richard H.; Festa-Bianchet, Marco; Foster, Matt; Foster, Sabrina; Garshelis, David L.; Gates, Cormack; Gimenez-Dixon, Mariano; Gonzalez, Susana; Gonzalez-Maya, Jose Fernando; Good, Tatjana C.; Hammerson, Geoffrey A.; Hammond, Philip S.; Happold, David; Happold, Meredith; Hare, John; Harris, Richard B.; Hawkins, Clare E.; Haywood, Mandy; Heaney, Lawrence R.; Hedges, Simon; Helgen, Kristofer M.; Hilton-Taylor, Craig; Hussain, Syed Ainul; Ishii, Nobuo; Jefferson, Thomas A.; Jenkins, Richard K.B.; Johnston, Charlotte H.; Keith, Mark; Kingdon, Jonathan; Knox, David H.; Kovacs, Kit M.; Langhammer, Penny; Leus, Kristin; Lewison, Rebecca L.; Lichtenstein, Gabriela; Lowry, Lloyd F.; Macavoy, Zoe; Mace, Georgina; Mallon, David P.; Masi, Monica; McKnight, Meghan; Medellin, Rodrigo A.; Medici, Patricia; Mills, Gus; Moehlman, Patricia D.; Molur, Sanjay; Mora, Arturo; Nowell, Kristin; Oates, John F.; Olech, Wanda; Oliver, William R.L.; Oprea, Monik; Patterson, Bruce D.; Perrin, William F.; Polidoro, Beth A.; Pollock, Caroline M.; Powel, Abigail; Protas, Yelizaveta; Racey, Paul; Ragle, Jim; Ramani, Pavithra; Rathbun, Galen; Reeves, Randall R.; Reilly, Stephen; Reynolds III, John E.; Rondinini, Carlo; Rosell-Ambal, Ruth; Rulli, Monica; Rylands, Anthony B.; Savini, Simona; Schank, Cody; Sechrest, Wes; Self-Sullivan, Caryn; Shoemaker, Alan; Sillero-Zubiri, Claudio; De Silva, Naamal; Smith, David E.; Srinivasulu, Chelmala; Stephenson, Peter J.; van Strien, Nico; Kumar Talukdar, Bibhab; Taylor, Barbara L.; Timmins, Rob; Tirira, Diego G.; Tognelli, Marcelo F.; Tsytsulina, Katerina; Veiga, Liza M.; Vie, Jean-Christophe; Williamson, Elizabeth A.; Wyatt, Sarah A.; Yan, Xie; Young, Bruce. 2008. The status of the world's land and marine mammals: Diversity, threat, and knowledge. Science. Vol: 322. Pages 225-230.