some of our lecturers just published this article on habitat suitability and its unsuitability for animal defined corridor mapping. From the abstract: “Increases in landscape connectivity can improve a species’ ability to cope with habitat fragmentation and degradation. Wildlife corridors increase landscape connectivity and it is therefore important to identify and maintain them. Currently, corridors are mostly identified using methods that rely on generic habitat suitability measures. One important and widely held assumption is that corridors represent swaths of suitable habitat connecting larger patches of suitable habitat in an otherwise unsuitable environment. Using high-resolution GPS data of four large carnivore species, we identified corridors based on animal movement behavior within each individual’s home range and quantified the spatial overlap of these corridors. We thus tested whether corridors were in fact spatial bottle necks in habitat suitability surrounded by unsuitable habitat, and if they could be characterized by their coarse-scale environmental composition.”
- In this fast paced world I know it is hard for people to practically shutdown their current research to focus on the task of others but you did just that. It was very inspiring to see our instructors so focused on us and to set their current issues to dedicate themselves to their (and our) field. I think this is what may have sparked the chemistry and foster such a productive group dynamic with everyone helping each other.
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