Testing alternative methodologies for modeling species' ecological niches and predicting geographic distributions

Principal Investigators:

A. Townsend Peterson, and Craig Moritz

Knowledge of world biodiversity remains sparse, with millions of species left to be described, most species' geographic distributions poorly understood and the ecological and evolutionary processes that underpin geographic patterns of diversity still far from resolved. Many large-scale conservation projects, however, depend critically on more complete descriptions of species' distributions and there is increasing interest in incorporating process as well as pattern into biodiversity evaluation. The inferential step that leads from incomplete present... more

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group28th May—2nd June 2002Participant List  
Graduate Student1st August 2002—31st July 2003Participant List  
Working Group27th—30th April 2003Participant List  
Working Group17th—21st March 2004Participant List  
Working Group5th—9th January 2005Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Ted Casecase@biomail.ucsd.eduUniversity of California, San Diego
Thomas C. Edwardstce@nr.usu.eduUtah State University
Jane Elithj.elith@unimelb.edu.auUniversity of Melbourne
Simon Ferriersimon.ferrier@csiro.auNew South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
Catherine Grahamcgraham@life.bio.sunysb.eduUniversity of California, Berkeley
Chrissy Howellchowell@jinx.umsl.eduUniversity of Missouri, St. Louis
Falk Huettmannfhuettmann@alaska.eduUniversity of Calgary
Raul Jimenez-RosenbergComisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO)
Bette Loiselleloiselle@umsl.eduUniversity of Missouri
Craig Moritzcraig.moritz@anu.edu.auUniversity of California, Berkeley
Miguel Nakamuranakamura@cimat.mxCentro de Investigación en Matematicas
A. Townsend Petersontown@ku.eduUniversity of Kansas
Karen Richardsonkrichardson@zen.uq.edu.auUniversity of Queensland
Ricardo Scachetti Pereiraricardo@cria.org.brCentro de Referência em Informação Ambiental (CRIA)
Jorge Soberon Mainerojsoberon@ku.eduComisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO)
Stephen E. Williamsstephen.williams@jcu.edu.auJames Cook University
Mary Wiszmsw@dmu.dkDenver Zoo at City Park
Antoine Guisanantoine.guisan@ie-bsg.unil.chUniversity of Lausanne
William K. Michenerwilliam.michener@gmail.comUniversity of New Mexico
Jake Overtonovertonj@landcareresearch.co.nzManaaki Whenua Landcare Research
Robert P. Andersonanderson@sci.ccny.cuny.eduCity College of New York
Richard Aspinallrichard.aspinall@asu.eduArizona State University
Robert J. Hijmansrhijmans@ucdavis.eduUniversity of California, Berkeley
Anthony Lehmannanthony.lehmann@unine.chUnknown
Jin Lijin.li@csiro.auCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Steven J. Phillipsphillips@research.att.comAT&T Labs-Research

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Dudik, Miroslav; Schapire, Robert; Phillips, Steven J. 2005. Correcting sample selection bias in maximum entropy density estimation. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems. Vol: 18. Pages 323-330.
Journal Article Elith, Jane; Ferrier, Simon; Huettmann, Falk; Leathwick, John. 2005. The evaluation strip: A new and robust method for plotting predicted responses from species distribution models. Ecological Modelling. Vol: 186. Pages 280-289.
Journal Article Elith, Jane; Graham, Catherine. 2006. Comparing Methodologies for modeling species' distributions from presence-only data. Ecography. Vol: 29. Pages 129-151.
Journal Article Elith, Jane; Graham, Catherine; Anderson, Robert P.; Dudik, Miroslav; Ferrier, Simon; Guisan, Antoine; Hijmans, Robert J.; Huettmann, Falk; Leathwick, John; Lehmann, Anthony; Li, Jin; Lohmann, Lucia; Loiselle, Bette; Manion, Glenn; Moritz, Craig; Nakamura, Miguel; Nakazawa, Yoshinori; Peterson, A. Townsend; Phillips, Steven J.; Richardson, Karen; Scachetti Pereira, Ricardo; Schapire, Robert; Williams, Stephen E.; Wisz, Mary; Zimmermann, Niklaus E.; Soberon Mainero, Jorge; Overton, Jake. 2006. Novel methods improve prediction of species' distributions from occurrence data. Ecography. Vol: 29. Pages 129-151.
Journal Article Elith, Jane; Leathwick, John. 2007. Predicting species distributions from museum and herbarium records using multiresponse models fitted with multivariate adaptive regression splines. Diversity and Distributions. Vol: 13(3). Pages 265-275.
Journal Article Graham, Catherine; Ferrier, Simon; Huettmann, Falk; Moritz, Craig; Peterson, A. Townsend. 2004. New developments in museum-based informatics and applications in biodiversity analysis. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. Vol: 19(9). Pages 497-503.
Journal Article Graham, Catherine; Elith, Jane; Hijmans, Robert J.; Guisan, Antoine; Peterson, A. Townsend; Loiselle, Bette. 2008. The influence of spatial errors in species occurrence data used in distribution models. Journal of Applied Ecology. Vol: 45. Pages 239-247.
Journal Article Guisan, Antoine; Graham, Catherine; Elith, Jane; Huettmann, Falk. 2007. Sensitivity of predictive species distribution models to change in grain size: Insights from a multi-models experiment across five continents. Diversity and Distributions. Vol: 13(3). Pages 332-340.
Journal Article Guisan, Antoine; Elith, Jane; Graham, Catherine; Peterson, A. Townsend; Phillips, Steven J.; Zimmermann, Niklaus E. 2007. What matters for predicting spatial occurrences of trees: Techniques, data, or species' characteristics?. Ecological Monographs. Pages 615-630.
Journal Article Huettmann, Falk; Linke, Julia. 2003. An automated method to derive habitat preferences of wildlife in GIS and telemetry studies: A flexible software tool and examples of its application. European Journal of Wildlife Research. Vol: 49(3). Pages 219-232.
Journal Article Huettmann, Falk; Linke, Julia. 2003. Assessment of different link functions for modeling binary data to derive sound inferences and predictions. LNCS-International Conference on Computational Science and Applications (ICCSA). Vol: 2669. Pages 43-48.
Journal Article Peterson, A. Townsend. 2006. Uses and requirements of ecological niche models and related distributional models. Biodiversity Informatics. Vol: 3. Pages 59-72.
Journal Article Phillips, Steven J.; Dudik, Miroslav; Elith, Jane; Graham, Catherine; Lehmann, Anthony; Leathwick, John; Ferrier, Simon. 2009. Sample selection bias and presence-only models of species distribution models: Implications for background and pseudo-absence data. Ecological Applications. Vol: 19(1). Pages 181-197.
Journal Article Wisz, Mary; Hijmans, Robert J.; Li, Jin; Phillips, Steven J.; Peterson, A. Townsend; Graham, Catherine. Effects of sample size on the performance of species distribution models. Journal of Applied Ecology.
"Testing alternative methodologies for modeling species' ecological niches and predicting geographic distributions" is project ID: 4980