Using Environmental Data to Model Habitat Suitability on Maunakea

May 31, 2017 7:00 PM

A Maunakea Speaker Series presentation by Nathan Stephenson, UH Hilo

The next scheduled program in the Maunakea Speaker Series will be held Wednesday, May 31 from 7 pm to 8 pm at the UH Hilo Science & Technology Building room 108 (auditorium).

Determining suitable habitat is a key component in conservation management of species, but can be difficult in high-altitude and challenging landscapes. Nathan Stephenson will explain the different environmental data layers necessary to model suitable habitat for alpine arthropod species on Maunakea and how those layers were collected.

Stephenson, a recent graduate of the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Master's Degree from the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, focused his thesis on modeling the geographic range and suitable habitat for the endemic wekiu bug (Nysius wekiuicola). Nathan now works for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and continues to collect environmental data using unmanned aerial systems and terrestrial laser scanners.

The Maunakea Speaker Series is free and open to the public. On-campus parking is open and available without charge after 4:00pm. 

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About the Maunakea Speaker Series

The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to fascinating research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawai'i. A venue for scholars to share their stories and learn from discussion, the series promotes understanding and collaboration across all sectors of the community, while addressing the goals of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo.

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