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ENM2020: A FREE ONLINE COURSE AND SET OF RESOURCES ON MODELING SPECIES NICHES AND DISTRIBUTIONS

Peterson, A Townsend; Aiello-Lammens, Matthew E; Amatulli, Giuseppe; Anderson, Robert P; Cobos, Marlon E; Diniz-Filho, Jose Alexandre F; Escobar, Luis E; ... Zurell, Damaris; + view all (2022) ENM2020: A FREE ONLINE COURSE AND SET OF RESOURCES ON MODELING SPECIES NICHES AND DISTRIBUTIONS. Biodiversity Informatics , 17 pp. 1-9. 10.17161/bi.v17i.15016. Green open access

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Abstract

The field of distributional ecology has seen considerable recent attention, particularly surrounding the theory, protocols, and tools for Ecological Niche Modeling (ENM) or Species Distribution Modeling (SDM). Such analyses have grown steadily over the past two decades—including a maturation of relevant theory and key concepts—but methodological consensus has yet to be reached. In response, and following an online course taught in Spanish in 2018, we designed a comprehensive English-language course covering much of the underlying theory and methods currently applied in this broad field. Here, we summarize that course, ENM2020, and provide links by which resources produced for it can be accessed into the future. ENM2020 lasted 43 weeks, with presentations from 52 instructors, who engaged with >2500 participants globally through >14,000 hours of viewing and >90,000 views of instructional video and question-and-answer sessions. Each major topic was introduced by an “Overview” talk, followed by more detailed lectures on subtopics. The hierarchical and modular format of the course permits updates, corrections, or alternative viewpoints, and generally facilitates revision and reuse, including the use of only the Overview lectures for introductory courses. All course materials are free and openly accessible (CC-BY license) to ensure these resources remain available to all interested in distributional ecology.

Type: Article
Title: ENM2020: A FREE ONLINE COURSE AND SET OF RESOURCES ON MODELING SPECIES NICHES AND DISTRIBUTIONS
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.17161/bi.v17i.15016
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.17161/bi.v17i.15016
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. See: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Physical Sciences, Biodiversity Conservation, Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications, Biodiversity & Conservation, Mathematics, Ecological niche model, Species distribution model, Course, Open access, Methods
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10180302
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