Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2017

Publication Title

Ecology and Evolution

ISSN

2045-7758

Volume

7

Issue

15

First Page

5692

Last Page

5702

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3131

PubMed ID

29085621

Abstract

Predicting how environmental factors affect the distribution of species is a fundamental goal of conservation biology. Conservation biologists rely on species distribution and abundance models to identify key habitat characteristics for species. Occupancy modeling is frequently promoted as a practical alternative to use of abundance in identifying habitat quality. While occupancy and abundance are potentially governed by different limiting factors operating at different scales, few studies have directly compared predictive models for these approaches in the same system. We evaluated how much occupancy and abundance are driven by the same environmental factors for a species of conservation concern, the greater short-horned lizard (

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