Endangered Butterflies as a Model System for Managing Source-Sink Dynamics on Department of Defense Lands: A Managers Guide to Spatially Explicit Individual-Based Models: Exploring the Benefits and Drawbacks for Wildlife Habitat Management: A Managers Guide to Spatially Explicit Individual-Based Models: Exploring the Benefits and Drawbacks for Wildlife Habitat Management
Technical Report,31 Jul 2014,30 Jan 2018
Tufts University Medford United States
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Spatially explicit individual-based models SEIBMs are potentially powerful tools for guiding habitat management decisions in fragmented landscapes. However, most managers are unaware of their potential, or wary of their practical applicability. In this paper, we address these concerns, using examples from working SEIBMs used to inform habitat management. Although simpler decision-making methods exist, they may not always be the best available science for guiding management of species whose viability is influenced by behavior andor spatial structure. Limitations in data availability and modeling experience can be overcome with pattern-oriented modeling approaches and collaborations with modelers.