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2019 SRE Project

Climate change as a driver of change in human-wildlife interactions

Mentors:
Dr. Luis Carrasco, Mathematics, Shippensburg Univ.; Visiting Scholar, NIMBioS and Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee
Dr. Mona PapeĊŸ, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; Director, Spatial Analysis Lab at NIMBioS, Univ. of Tennessee
Greg Wiggins, NIMBioS Education & Outreach Coordinator

Participants: Ellie Lochner (Mathematics, Univ. of Wisconsin); Brandyn Ruiz (Statistics and Applied Math, Arizona State Univ.); Abigail Williams (Biology & Mathematics, Salem College)

Climate photo. Project Description. Animals are “on the move”. Global warming is affecting animal distributions, pushing some species outside their historical ranges. Other effects on animal species include changes in behavior or seasonality patterns, such as migration or breeding timing. New or more frequent interactions between wildlife and human populations should therefore be expected, especially in regions where the climate is changing more rapidly. The goal of this project is to identify areas where climate change is reshaping the potential redistribution of animal populations and thus human-wildlife interactions by using GIS and spatial modeling techniques. Climate change velocity datasets for North America will be used to explore increases on human-wildlife conflicts (i.e. crop and livestock damage or wildlife road kills) and changes in positive interactions such as crop pollination.

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