Assessment of Appropriate Species-specific Time Intervals to Integrate GPS Telemetry Data in Ecological Niche Models

Author(s): Jason V. Lombardi, Humberto L. Perotto-Baldivieso, David G. Hewitt, Daniel G. Scognamillo, Tyler A. Campbell, and Michael E. Tewes
Published: June 2022

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Ecological niche models use presence-only data, which is often affected by lack of true absences leading to sampling bias. Over the last decade, there has been an uptick in the integration of occurrence data from global positioning systems telemetry data in ecological niche models and/or species distribution models. These data types can be affected by serial autocorrelation at high relocation frequencies yet have been used in ecological niche models using geographic filters and subsampling techniques. Yet, no study to date has attempted to discern a method to identify the appropriate time interval for a particular species if integrating GPS telemetry occurrence data in a MaxEnt framework. We demonstrate a rigorous spatial technique using a robust contempora1y dataset from ocelots (Leopardus pardalis) to assess the appropriate time intervals to use in a species-specific ecological niche model. 

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Lombardi, J. V.,  H. L. Perotto-Baldivieso, D. G. Hewitt, D. G. Scognamillo, T. A. Campbell, and M. E. Tewes. 2022. Assessment of appropriate species-specific time intervals to integrate GPS telemetry data in ecological niche models. Ecological Informatics 70.

Ocelot Conservation