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.”
- One thing I learned is that many of the problems we as students and researchers are facing are not simple problems that can be answered through literature search and traditional courses, but rather need to be thought about and discussed within groups of talented like minded scientist who we can work with to push the envelope.