Webinar on niche modeling and the use of MaxEnt

Submitted by editor on 24 September 2014.

By Professor Rob Anderson

In this seminar, I will first provide an overview of my perception of the field of ecological niche modeling, within the larger arena of biodiversity informatics, and then provide worked examples with tropical mammals.  In framing the field, I will point out key issues (often underappreciated) and note topics that call for major advancements, especially with regard to transfer across space or time.  I will illustrate conceptual and methodological solutions regarding some of these areas in recent studies by my lab, for mammals in the Neotropics and Madagascar.  Along the way, I also hope to clarify some misconceptions and misunderstandings regarding the modeling technique Maxent.