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Tuesday, October 23 • 1:40pm - 2:00pm
SYMPOSIUM-04: The Development and Delivery of Species Distribution Models to Inform Decision-making

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AUTHORS: Catherine S. Jarnevich, Helen R. Sofaer, Ian S. Pearse – U.S. Geological Survey; Regan Lyons Smyth, Stephanie Auer – NatureServe; Gericke L. Cook, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; Thomas C. Edwards, Jr. , Gerald F. Guala – U.S. Geological Survey; Timothy G. Howard, New York Natural Heritage Program; Jeffrey T. Morisette, National Invasive Species Council Secretariat; Healy Hamilton, NatureServe

ABSTRACT: Information on where species occur is central to conservation and management decisions, and species distribution models are one tool that can fill in knowledge gaps due to coarse or incomplete knowledge. Species distribution models can be useful in guiding survey efforts, prioritizing locations and actions for conservation and management, and supporting decision-making. The type of decision shapes the best practices for model development and interpretation. We developed a framework that model developers can use to communicate a model’s attributes and its appropriate uses. This framework includes criteria to classify model procedures as problematic, acceptable, or ideal; these classifications can in turn inform model use, where higher quality may be required for certain decisions. We emphasize the importance of tailoring model development and delivery to the species of interest and the intended use, and the advantages of iterative modeling and field validation. We provide an example from a recent implementation of this framework to guide search for invasive plant species in National Parks.

Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:40pm - 2:00pm CDT
Grand Bay I

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