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Ecological Niche Modelling with seabirds

Grant RW Humphries, September 12, 2013

Hi all,

For those of you who have thought about moving into species distribution modelling or ecological niche modelling, here is a tutorial that might interest you:

ENM tutorial

In the tutorial, we use the Salford Predictive Modelling suite, which is a software package developed by Salford Software Ltd. based in San Diego.

The package is actually used for a variety of data mining / machine learning projects. Big companies that use it include VISA to Google, Ford, etc... to do a lot of marketing research. The software package has won a variety of awards, and the algorithms have been winning modelling competitions around the world for the last decade.

Of course, there is a fee, which is always the downside to things like this. You can get free trials of the program, which is great if you are short of grant $$. However, if you have some funds for technology and licenses, I HIGHLY recommend this software package.

It's very straightforward and simple to understand, while providing results that are much more comprehensive than the standard R packages that have been written (e.g., gbm, randomForest, party, gam, etc...)

The example we use in the tutorial is with Fork-tailed Storm-petrels in the North Pacific. Data were obtained from the North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database.

For any questions on the tutorial, or if you're just looking to discuss ENM + data mining, please feel free to drop me an email: