10:00-11:00 am, September 17th, 2015: "Advancing Species Distribution Models to Identify Restoration Sites for Bachman's Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis) in an Urbanizing Environment" with Brad Pickens, Postdoctoral Research Associate, North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit / South Atlantic LCC
The fire-dependent longleaf pine savanna ecosystem occupies only 3-5% of its historic range, and recently, a great emphasis has been placed on restoration. Meanwhile, rapid urban development continues in the southeast; therefore, there is a need to improve our understanding of conflicts among current ecological condition, restoration potential, and urbanization. As a case study of a South Atlantic LCC indicator, the Bachman's Sparrow(Peucaea aestivalis), Brad will discuss how the most cutting-edge techniques for modeling species' distribution can be applied to gain critical knowledge for both on-the-ground management and broad-scale conservation planning. His objectives were to quantify species-habitat relationships, develop a species distribution model, project management scenarios, and project the effect of urbanization from 2010 to 2090. Along with the South Atlantic LCC, Brad has been working with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, The Nature Conservancy, and North Carolina State University to tackle this difficult challenge. Brad will share results from scenarios and discuss implications for the South Atlantic LCC's Conservation Blueprint 2.0.
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