2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Science

A Comparison of Habitat Suitability Models Developed at Two Spatial Scales for the Federally Threatened Plant Species, Missouri bladder-pod (Lesquerella filiformis)
Dawn M. Beaulac♦
Dr. Michael I. Kelrick, Faculty Mentor

Scale is a critical concept in ecology. Ecological processes occur at different scales, and consequentially display various scale-dependent patterns. To provide meaningful advice to land managers of the federally threatened plant species, Missouri bladder-pod, I am developing habitat suitability models capable of predicting its pattern of presence/absence at Bloody Hill Glade (Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Springfield, Missouri) based on the most relevant suite of habitat attributes. I collected the necessary spatially explicit data at two different scales: 1-m2 and 25-m2 cells. I will develop a model at each scale. Of interest is whether the models include the same habitat attributes and exhibit equivalent prediction success. Habitat attribute and plant presence/absence image layers, as well as model predictions will be analyzed and displayed within a Geographic Information System environment. The final model can be used to address many crucial land management issues pertaining to this rare plant.

Keywords: scale, Missouri bladder-pod, habitat suitability, modelling, rare plant, GIS

Topic(s):Biology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 22-1
Location: VH 1010
Time: 10:00

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