Large Scale Species Distribution Modeling: A Case Study of the Endangered Anegada Iguana in the British Virgin Islands

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2012

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Townsend, Andrew T.

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Habitat suitability models using species distributions are used to determine probable species habitats and distributions and advise policy makers on the implementation of conservation strategies. This thesis utilizes MaxEnt software to construct a habitat suitability model for the Anegada ground iguana (Cyclura pinguis) from presence only data collected over the past 12 years. The modeling showed that the species is confined to limited habitat types and areas on the island, namely areas that have yet to be developed by humans. At a minimum, to preserve the species for the future, the environmental integrity of key iguana habitats, such as the northwestern shore and island interior along the cays, must be preserved.

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