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The following schedule is from the 72nd Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies which was held October 21-24, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. 
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Tuesday, October 23 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
SYMPOSIUM-04: Better Species Mapping, Better Conservation and Management Decisions

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AUTHORS: Mona Nazeri, Kristine Evans, Garrett M. Street – Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mississippi State University; Todd Jones-Farrand, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

ABSTRACT: Effective planning for biodiversity conservation requires reliable geospatial information on the present and predicted future distribution of species across space and time. However, knowledge of species distribution for many species, especially rare ones, is generally incomplete due to lack of observation data. With the increasing availability of spatially explicit eco-geographical data at different spatial and temporal scales, species distribution models (SDM) have become a widely-used tool in the field of ecology and conservation. Rare and at-risk species in the Southeastern United States in particular are in critical need of SDM models to support monitoring and conservation management decisions. However, application of SDM for rare species remains a significant challenge due to limited availability of occurrence data, many available environmental variables, and lack of comprehensive understanding of ecological requirements of the species. To address this issue, we are applying a newly developed ensemble modeling technique that incorporates high resolution remotely-sensed environmental variables and occurrence data to create predictive SDMs for a group of at-risk species in the Southeast. Element occurrence data from state natural heritage programs and results of resent survey efforts for one insect and two plants are being used as inputs to develop maps to guide additional survey efforts. Results of the additional surveys will be used as evaluation data for model refinement. Final models can be used to evaluate future scenarios to inform Species Status Assessments by the US Fish & Wildlife Service as a precursor to listing decisions under the Endangered Species Act.

Tuesday October 23, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm CDT
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