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Species distribution models and ecological theory: A critical assessment and some possible new approaches

Mike Austin

Ecological Modelling, 2007, vol. 200, issue 1, 1-19

Abstract: Given the importance of knowledge of species distribution for conservation and climate change management, continuous and progressive evaluation of the statistical models predicting species distributions is necessary. Current models are evaluated in terms of ecological theory used, the data model accepted and the statistical methods applied. Focus is restricted to Generalised Linear Models (GLM) and Generalised Additive Models (GAM). Certain currently unused regression methods are reviewed for their possible application to species modelling.

Keywords: Species response curves; Competition; Environmental gradients; Generalized linear model; Generalized additive model; Quantile regression; Structural equation modelling; Geographically weighted regression (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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