112 W Delaware Ave
Pennington, NJ 08534
Jeffrey K. Keller:
Age, Size, Configuration, and Context: Useful Landscape Attributes for Conserving and Managing Biodiversity
Monday, October 21, 2019, at 8:00 pm
- Functional Habitat Patch Size
- Habitat modification
- GIS-based Wildlife-Habitat Analysis
- Threatened and endangered species
Conservationists and wildlife biologists have been attempting to preserve and manage landscapes to maintain biodiversity for more than 100 years. Over that time, researchers have identified a suite of underlying landscape attributes such as successional age, patch size, patch shape, landscape complexity, productivity, and the degree of patch isolation that help determine the species composition and diversity of natural communities. Modern technologies such as high-resolution imagery, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and radio telemetry have allowed us to better measure and understand the influence of these attributes on species occurrence and abundance. Better understanding of species-habitat relationships, in turn, supports more informed and defensible decision-making and improves the likelihood of success in habitat preservation, enhancement, or restoration efforts. The presentation will explore some practical landscape measures and illustrate their application with several case studies.
Keller founded Habitat by Design in 1992 which currently focuses on brownfield, urban park and superfund site redevelopment and assisting municipalities in reducing the impacts of proposed developments. He recently published a book on habitat quantification and analysis using GIS, and is currently working on identifying guidelines for protection and restoration of habitats for threatened and endangered species.