Department of Geography and the Environment

Graduate Student Paul Holloway Places Second in GISS-SG Student Paper Competition

Tue, April 23, 2013

The Department of Geography and the Environment is pleased to congratulate Paul Holloway on placing 2nd in the Geographic Information Systems and Science Specialty Group (GISS-SG) honors student paper competition at the 2013 American Association of Geographers (AAG) conference. Mr. Holloway’s paper is titled "How movement pattern analysis can improve species distribution models."

 Species distribution models (SDMs) are one of the prominent methods for studying biodiversity conservation, and have been used to identify the locations of rare species, suggest reserve sites and project future distributions under climate change. Mr. Holloway’s paper presents a novel framework for incorporating regular movement in SDMs that is comprised of an agent-based model which combines step-selection function (SSF) and memory to simulate regular movements in a dynamic landscape.

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For more information about Paul Holloway’s research, you can view his profile at

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