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Updated Area of Habitat models to map global biodiversity of terrestrial mammals and birds

Fellow Maria Lumbierres did a presentation entitled Updated Area of Habitat models to map global biodiversity of terrestrial mammals and birds on 6th July 2020 during the online GeoBon Conference. Maria presented a combination of hers and Prabhat‘s work  explaining how they developed a novel data-driven crosswalk between the IUCN Red List Habitats Classification Scheme and the Copernicus Global Land Service Land cover, using a logistic regression model. She also explained having fine-resolution distribution maps help guiding conservation action worldwide and having a clear view of the relationship between habitat and land cover helps us to understand the impacts of land-use change on species.

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Vertebrate fast and slow species response to spatial heterogeneity

Inspire4Nature fellow Gonzalo Albaladejo presented an E-poster entitled Vertebrate fast and slow species response to spatial heterogeneity during the British Ecological Society annual meeting that took place in Belfast (Northen Ireland) from 10th to 13th of December 2019. Gonzalo presented a method to integrate life-history theory into species distribution modelling, using the theory of Island Biogeography as a bound mechanism between spatial heterogeneity due to land-use and life-history strategies respond to it. This new approach will serve to better understand the response of biodiversity to global changes from a functional perspective.

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Measuring accuracy in population based global biodiversity indicators

Inspire4Nature fellow Shawn Dove did a presentation at the British Ecological Societies Annual Meeting on the 13th of December 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. During the conference, Shawn presented a method that uses a model of accuracy built by comparing trends generated from synthetic datasets. It is the first method for measuring the accuracy of a time-series based biodiversity indicator.

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Modelling habitat-land cover associations for mapping species distributions

Inspire4Nature fellow Maria Lumbierres presented a poster entitled Modelling habitat-land cover associations for mapping species distributions on October 4, 2019 at the International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference in Salzburg, Austria. She presented a crosswalk model that determines the association between Copernicus Global Land Service land cover and IUCN Habitats Classification Scheme. This crosswalk serves as a way to improve the accuracy and repeatability of Area of habitat maps.

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Trait data quality and availability: a review of mammal trait databases

Inspire4Nature fellow Carmen Soria presented a poster entitled Trait data quality and availability: a review of mammal trait databases in July 2019 at the International Conference on Conservation Biology, at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She analysed some of the most popular publicly available mammal trait databases following a hierarchical methodology to produce a combined database obtained. This allowed her to identify which mammal orders, trait types and parts of the world are data deficient.

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Improving biodiversity trend assessment methods

Inspire4Nature fellow Shawn Dove did a five minute talk introducing the topic and focus of his PhD research as part of the Graduate Research Symposium of UCL’s Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment. He spoke about why we need to measure changes in the state of global biodiversity, the weaknesses in current methods, and how his research will improve global and national biodiversity indices. He won a prize for best 1st year presentation.

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