Creating a range-wide species distribution model for the Baird's tapir
This project is led by Cody Schank at the University of Texas-Austin and uses a new method in species distribution modeling, which combines both occupancy models and spatial point process models. In this hierarchical framework, presence-only data is combined with detection histories from camera traps to get the benefit of both types of data. This collaboration includes researchers from across the distribution of Baird's Tapir (the focal species), from southern Mexico to the Darien in Colombia. The final product of this project will be a range-wide distribution map of the intensity (individuals/area) of Baird's tapir that can help inform conservation management for this species. This research has been published in the journal Diversity and Distributions. You can read the article HERE.