Where the wildlife are: mapping habitat and elucidating spaces of conflict and conservation

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Animal Geography Specialty Group, Biogeography Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Specialty Group Highlighted Session
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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Hoover, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Cadi Fung, Brad Peter
Chairs: Cadi Fung


Human-wildlife conflict is increasing worldwide, both in frequency and severity (Madden 2004), and habitat modeling has become increasingly popular with the advent of geospatial technologies and the accelerated collection and delivery of remote sensing data. This information is critical for monitoring and conserving wildlife habitat, especially for those species who inhabit remote areas or are otherwise logistically difficult to study in the field (Viña et al. 2008; Walton et al. 2013). Understanding spatial organization and habitat of wildlife species is integral to conservation, management, and conflict mitigation (Johnson and Gillingham 2004; Walker et al. 2016). In particular, human encroachment and climate change pose concern for many wildlife species, especially those who exist in small numbers or are confined to marginal areas (Wade and Theobald 2009; Bellard et al. 2012; Watson et al. 2015). Understanding where human-wildlife interaction and conflict exists requires considerable attention so that policy implementations are effective and benefit both human and non-human animal populations. To this end, it is critical that we understand where non-human animals are and where conflict exists, so that we can implement informed conservation strategies.

The goal of this session is to encourage and provide a space for interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue within the field of wildlife habitat and conservation. We hope to have a diverse gathering, with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies represented, ranging from geospatial analytics to sociocultural and ecological perspectives.

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Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Roopa Krithivasan*, Clark University, Wildlife as drivers of land change? Applying the Social Ecological System framework to analyze agricultural transitions in a human-wildlife conflict landscape 20 5:00 PM
Presenter Emilie Edelblutte*, Boston University, Conservation and management of a generalist predator in urban India: unraveling the entangled and political geographies of humans and leopards 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Courtney Berne*, Geography and Urban Studies Department Temple University, Corridors as Coexistence: Bridging the Gap for Great Apes 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Qiongyu Huang*, , Fang Wang, The Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University , Audrey Lothspeich, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Haydee Hernandez, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Katherine Mertes, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Melissa Songer, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, The Dispersal of Giant Pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) in the Qinling Mountain: the impact of climate, habitat, and anthrophonic disturbances. 20 6:00 PM
Presenter Cadi Fung*, Michigan State University, Cynthia Simmons, University of Florida, Brad Peter, Michigan State University, Spatiotemporal Territorialities of the Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis), Fishers, and Tourism Operators 20 6:20 PM

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