Applied Math Seminar: A Habitat Connectivity Index with Application to Spatial Optimization
3:10pm, Neill 3W
Abstract: In the design of habitat reserve systems for endangered species, identifying the most supportive habitat is critical. In this talk, a habitat index will be described that captures connectivity/fragmentation characteristics of potential landscapes for a territorial dispersing species such as the Northern Spotted Owl. The habitat index can be used as the objective function in a landscape resource allocation problem as an aid in the development of management plans for reserve systems or for the selection of timber harvest areas.