Donald Belile

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Systems Ecology Graduate Program MS
University of Montana
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I am researching the probable geographic distribution of and the ideal habitat for Mexico’s endangered Picea chihuahuana, commonly known as Chihuahua spruce (State tree of Chihuahua). Primarily a boreal species P. Chihuahuana can be found at altitudes of 2300-3200 m along the Sierra Madre Occidental and inhabits a region reliant on timber as a major source of revenue. A predictive distribution model of P. Chihuahuana is essential for conservation/restoration and development of a resource management plan which maximizes product while protecting realized niche. The study focus is to generate a distribution map based on environmental variables, in concert with a forest volume map, to discover areas of overlap which require protection.


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