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Spatial Ecology and Conservation Modeling

Applications with R

Robert Fletcher and Marie-Josee Fortin
2018, Springer Publishing



This book provides a foundation for modern applied ecology. Much of current ecology research and conservation addresses problems across landscapes and regions, focusing on spatial patterns and processes.


This book is aimed at teaching fundamental concepts and focuses on learning-by-doing through the use of examples with the software R. It is intended to provide an entry-level, easily accessible introduction for students and practitioners interested in spatial ecology and conservation.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to spatial ecology and its relevance for conservation


Part I: Quantifying spatial pattern in ecological data


Chapter 2: Scale

Chapter 3: Land-cover pattern and change

Chapter 4: Spatial dispersion and point data

Chapter 5: Spatial dependence and autocorrelation

Chapter 6: Accounting for spatial dependence in ecological data


Part II: Ecological responses to spatial pattern and conservation


Chapter 7: Species distributions and habitat suitability

Chapter 8: Space use and resource selection

Chapter 9: Connectivity

Chapter 10: Population dynamics in space

Chapter 11: Spatially structured communities

Chapter 12: What have we learned? Looking back and pressing forward


Appendix: An introduction to R


Code and Data

For the data used in the book, you can  download a zipped file (81 MB) containing all data and code at the University of Florida's Digital Repository.

If you would only like code and data for a single chapter or have any problems with the downloading or use of the data, and code, please contact Rob.

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