Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Report
Our project is an examination of ecological dynamics in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), concentrating specifically upon the spatial and temporal dynamics of montane meadow communities. We are examining both the abiotic aspects of these communities as well as the biodiversity of plant, bird and butterfly communities. Our long-term goal is to develop predictive species assemblage models based upon landscape level habitat analysis. This involves using intensive, local field sampling to test for relationships between species distribution patterns and remotely sensed data. This research involves several steps: 1) quantifying the spatial and temporal variability in montane meadow communities; 2) developing a spectrally-based spatially-explicit model for predicting plant and animal species diversity patterns in montane meadows; and 3) testing the spectrally-based spatiallyexplicit model for predicting plant and animal species diversity patterns in montane meadows.
Debinski, Diane; Jakubaukas, Mark; and Kindscher, Kelly
"Modeling Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Montane Meadows and Biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem,"
University of Wyoming National Park Service Research Center Annual Report: Vol. 22
, Article 12.
Available at: http://repository.uwyo.edu/uwnpsrc_reports/vol22/iss1/12