Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Mapping habitat quality in conservation's neglected geography
by Breckheimer, Ian, M.S., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012, 123; 1513013
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis describes conceptual and methodological work that aims to advance the science of modeling and mapping wildlife habitat in human-modified landscapes. First, I review how researchers have defined and measured the quality of wildlife habitat over the past four decades. I then demonstrate a new approach to quantifying habitat quality by modeling habitat for the federally endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis, RCW) across the Onslow Bight, a one million hectare region of North Carolina's coastal plain. Next, I describe the development and operation of a GIS toolbox for ArcGIS 9.3, called "Connect", designed to help conservation practitioners incorporate habitat connectivity considerations into land management and land-use planning. In two stakeholder-driven case studies, I use the Connect tools to prioritize private land parcels for connectivity conservation in fragmented habitats around Fort Bragg, NC, and evaluate the effectiveness of a proposed corridor in promoting dispersal for RCW in the face of urban development.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Moody, Aaron
Commitee: Song, Conghe, White, Peter S.
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: Ecology
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Wildlife Management, Conservation, Remote sensing
Keywords: Habitat quality, Landscape connectivity, Onslow Bight, Private lands, Sandhills
Publication Number: 1513013
ISBN: 978-1-267-41758-9
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