Abstract # 1197 Event # 465:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 29, 2006 04:30 PM-06:00 PM: Session 57 (Kuku) Workshop

WORKSHOP:  Predicting Great Ape Distributions Using Element Distribution Modeling Tools

L. Pintea
The Jane Goodall Institute, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia, USA
     While there is an urgent need to conserve Grape Apes, little is known about their distributions, densities and threats. Element Distribution Modeling (EDM) can directly contribute to both research and conservation by identifying areas most and least likely to support Great Apes. EDM is a process that maps the environments predicted to be suitable or unsuitable for a given species in a given geographic area. It summarizes presence data in an environmental model and relies on quantitative analyses of multiple environmental characteristics at points of known occurrence. The workshop will address: 1. the theory of element distribution modeling; 2. current methods of producing element distribution models and maps such as; and 3. case studies demonstrating how to produce element distribution models and maps using Great Ape presence data. The workshop may include hands-on demonstrations and dissemination of useful free software.