Spatial Ecology


Spatial ecology

Spatial Ecology

Understanding the fundamental properties of the distribution and abundance of species and communities has many potential benefits for applied ecology, including both the management of problem species and the conservation of rare and threatened ones. Our research includes describing, modelling and predicting spatial relationships between macroecological variables and spatial patterns in diversity and population and community structure.

Examples of our work in this area:

Using scale-area curves to quantify the distribution, abundance and range expansion potential of an invasive species. 

  • Veldtman, R., Chown, S.L., McGeoch, M.A. 2010. Using scale-area curves to quantify the distribution, abundance and range expansion potential of an invasive species. Diversity & Distributions 6, 159-169. 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2009.00632.x

Measures, perceptions and scaling patterns of aggregated species distributions. 

  • Hui, C., McGeoch, M.A. & Veldtman, R. 2010. Measures, perceptions and scaling patterns of aggregated species distributions. Ecography 33, 95-102. 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2009.05997.x

Extrapolating population size from species distributions: Evaluating the performance of the occupancy-abundance relationship and the scaling pattern of occupancy. 

  • Hui, C., McGeoch, M.A., Reyers, B., leRoux, P.C., Greve, M. & Chown, S.L. 2009. Extrapolating population size from species distributions: Evaluating the performance of the occupancy-abundance relationship and the scaling pattern of occupancy. Ecological Applications 19, 2038-2048. 10.1890/08-2236.1

Collaborators:
Dr Cang Hui 
Dr Guillaume Latombe