Modelling multi-scale spatial variation in species richness from abundance data in a complex neotropical bat assemblage

Modelling multi-scale spatial variation in species richness from abundance data in a complex... Species richness is widely used by animal ecologists as a biodiversity metric. Modelling landscape variation in species richness is, however, subject to strong statistical constraints when reliable richness estimates are restricted to few sampling sites. In this study, we assessed the efficacy of some richness surrogates whose computation is based on the relative abundance of relevant species groups. Available from any single sample, abundance estimates are usually adequately modelled as a function of landscape descriptors, and as such offer considerable advantages over the direct modelling of species richness. When applied to a complex bat assemblage in a fragmented neotropical rainforest, most candidate surrogates were tightly correlated with observed species richness ( r > 0.80). These surrogates, used in combination with a form of hierarchical modelling of species group abundance, may be used as reliable tools to compare the efficiency of different landscape management scenarios or landscape restoration priorities with regard to biodiversity. Furthermore, this method offers the possibility to combine empiric models computed using different focal scales. This property appears especially well-suited for the multiplicity of foraging behaviours that characterizes many complex species assemblages. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecological Modelling Elsevier

Modelling multi-scale spatial variation in species richness from abundance data in a complex neotropical bat assemblage

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
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0304-3800
eISSN
1872-7026
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2010.05.011
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Abstract

Species richness is widely used by animal ecologists as a biodiversity metric. Modelling landscape variation in species richness is, however, subject to strong statistical constraints when reliable richness estimates are restricted to few sampling sites. In this study, we assessed the efficacy of some richness surrogates whose computation is based on the relative abundance of relevant species groups. Available from any single sample, abundance estimates are usually adequately modelled as a function of landscape descriptors, and as such offer considerable advantages over the direct modelling of species richness. When applied to a complex bat assemblage in a fragmented neotropical rainforest, most candidate surrogates were tightly correlated with observed species richness ( r > 0.80). These surrogates, used in combination with a form of hierarchical modelling of species group abundance, may be used as reliable tools to compare the efficiency of different landscape management scenarios or landscape restoration priorities with regard to biodiversity. Furthermore, this method offers the possibility to combine empiric models computed using different focal scales. This property appears especially well-suited for the multiplicity of foraging behaviours that characterizes many complex species assemblages.

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Ecological ModellingElsevier

Published: Aug 24, 2010

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