VFF: Using habitat connectivity models to save endangered species, under high uncertainty: A case study for the San Martin titi monkey, in north-central Peru
Friday, February 3, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Danica Schaffer-Smith and Nathan Walker · Nicholas School of the Environment
Efforts to protect rare species are often limited by insufficient biological and ecological data. For regions of active environmental change, connectivity models and habitat patch characteristics may provide an alternative source of data to inform further study and conservation actions. For the San Martin titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe), a critically endangered arboreal primate that uses narrow tree corridors, we use species distribution modelling, satellite remote sensing, and novel network analysis approaches to assess remaining habitat and identify locally appropriate conservation options. Our customized connectivity analysis better accounts for uncertainty and the potential impacts of future habitat fragmentation.