Wildlife - Habitat Relationships

Cameron Aldridge, Barry Noon


This is a broad-ranging seminar course designed to expose students to the variety of quantitative and statistical techniques available to assess wildlife-habitat relationships. Ultimately, the data one collects and the question you ask will somewhat dictate the analytical modeling approaches you will have available to you. In many cases however, there are multiple options for analyzing your data. Our goal is to expose students to a suite of different analytical approaches so as to give them a new tool set for future design of experiments and analyses of data. We will focus on key papers to discuss concepts and analyses. Students will present key concept papers and lead the associated discussion. While many of the modeling approaches we discuss will inherently have spatial or applications, we will also discuss non-spatial techniques. Topics discussed in this course could include resource selection functions (RSFs), resource utilization functions (RUFs), occupancy models, Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) models, count-based models (Poisson and negative binomial regression), survival models, Ecological Niche Factor Analyses (ENFA), Movement Models, Bayesian Belief Networks, and more.

Section: 3
Credits: 2
Restrictions: none
First Meeting: 8/24/2009
Meeting Times: One 2-hour block, on Monday or Wednesday
Classroom: tba
CRN: 60170
Cross Listed: none
Enrollment Limit: 0
Background: none
Course Text: none
Instructor Contact Info:
      Cameron Aldridge aldridge@nrel.colostate.edu 226-9433
      Barry Noon brnoon@warnercnr.colostate.edu 491-7905