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Species distribution modelling: contrasting presence-only models with plot abundance data (2018)
Journal Article
Gomes, V. H., IJff, S. D., Raes, N., Amaral, I. L., Salomão, R. P., de Souza Coelho, L., …ter Steege, H. (in press). Species distribution modelling: contrasting presence-only models with plot abundance data. Scientific Reports, 8(1), doi:10.1038/s41598-017-18927-1. ISSN 2045-2322

Species distribution models (SDMs) are widely used in ecology and conservation. Presence-only SDMs such as MaxEnt frequently use natural history collections (NHCs) as occurrence data, given their huge numbers and accessibility. NHCs are often spatial... Read More

Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition (2017)
Journal Article
Levis, C., Costa, F. R., Bongers, F., Peña-Claros, M., Clement, C. R., Junqueira, A. B., …ter Steege, H. (2017). Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition. Science, 355(6328), doi:10.1126/science.aal0157. ISSN 0036-8075

The extent to which pre-Columbian societies altered Amazonian landscapes is hotly debated. We performed a basin-wide analysis of pre-Columbian impacts on Amazonian forests by overlaying known archaeological sites in Amazonia with the distributions an... Read More

Estimating the global conservation status of more than 15,000 Amazonian tree species (2015)
Journal Article
ter Steege, H., Pitman, N. C., Killeen, T. J., Laurance, W. F., Peres, C. A., Guevara, J. E., …Gamarra, L. V. (in press). Estimating the global conservation status of more than 15,000 Amazonian tree species. Science Advances, 1(10), 1-10. doi:10.1126/sciadv.1500936

Estimates of extinction risk for Amazonian plant and animal species are rare and not often incorporated into land-use policy and conservation planning. We overlay spatial distribution models with historical and projected deforestation to show that at... Read More