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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24275

Title: Quantifying the Spatial Relationship between Landcover Hheterogeneity and Species' Distributions
Authors: Polakowska, Aleksandra
Advisor: Fortin, Marie-Josee
Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Keywords: boundary analysis
species range
birds
spatial heterogeneity
conservation
Ontario
Issue Date: 6-Apr-2010
Abstract: Although considerable research has been invested in disentangling the factors limiting species’ ranges at local and continental spatial scales, less attention has been granted to the relationship between species’ spatial distributions and landscape attributes at intermediate spatial scales. This research investigates the spatial relationship between avian species’ distributions (Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas [2001-2005] data) and landcover heterogeneity (Ontario Land Cover [1991-1998] data) in terms of their respective boundary locations (i.e., high rates of change in landcover composition and avian species turnover) in a vulnerable transitional zone in southern Ontario. Significant spatial overlap was found between landcover and avian boundaries. Given that land management decisions are most often made at the regional or landscape scales, this positive spatial relationship has important implications for conservation efforts. Future research should focus on assessing the spatial relationship between landcover heterogeneity and avian species’ distributions for different functional and taxonomic groups.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24275
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