“Conserving Moving Targets”

Conserving Moving Targets: How to Deal with Dynamic Species and Landscapes?

by Peter Leimgruber

Monday, 23rd Nov 2009
Time : 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Venue : S2-04-11 (Seminar Room 1) Map – http://tinyurl.com/map-nusdbs

Host : Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz,
Terrestrial Ecology Lab

About the talk – Traditional conservation strategies rely heavily on protected area approaches that attempt to conserve species and their habitat within a network of protected spaces. Such strategies are necessarily static in space and time and may have severe limitations if the target species have large area requirements or are extremely mobile.

Additionally, protected areas may not capture well the spatio-temporal variation in habitats and landscapes unless they are very large. Using Asian elephants Elephas maximus and Mongolian gazelles Procapra gutturosa as examples, this talk is intended to describe the special conservation challenges posed by dynamic species and habitats and why landscape-level conservation is required well beyond the borders of protected areas.

About the speaker – Dr. Peter Leimgruber is the Director of the Conservation GIS Laboratory at the Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park (NZP), USA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and his Master’s degree from the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Germany. Dr. Leimgruber’s research focuses on the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and satellite tracking techniques to the conservation and management of endangered charismatic fauna.

His team uses satellite imagery, GIS, and satellite radio collars to (a) map remaining habitats for endangered species, (b) remotely track the movements of these species and (c) develop conservation management strategies for these species in the wild. Research projects at the lab address a wide range of charismatic species, including giant panda, Asian elephant, Burmese brow-antlered deer, and Mongolian gazelles.

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