The Seminar Series in Biology presents: “Testing Species Distribution Modeling with Litobrancha recurvata” presented by Anna Halay, MSc student, Biology Department

The Seminar Series in Biology presents:
“Testing Species Distribution Modeling with Litobrancha recurvata” presented by Anna Halay, MSc student, Biology Department, State University of New York College at Oneonta.

Anna graduated from Cazenovia College in 2013 with a BS in Environmental Studies. After completing an internship at the Biological Field Station at Cooperstown she continued her education with SUNY Oneonta through the MS Biology program. Prior to working on mayflies, Anna completed research on “Monitoring of the Moe Pond ecosystem and largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) population before considering biomanipulation options”.

In this presentation, Anna will be discussing the use of species distribution models (SDM) as a predictive tool for unbiased sampling. This talk will include discussions on animal dispersion, the challenges of locating specific species during fieldwork and the technology and programs that are involved in making a model. Geographic Information System (GIS), RStudio Software and the Random Forest algorithm will be covered as major components used in the making of these models. Anna will conclude with introducing Litobrancha recurvata, an eastern North American mayfly collected throughout the Susquehanna watershed, and the strengths and weaknesses of using SDM for this species.

This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place 4 pm Friday November 17th in Science I room 121.

About this seminar series: This series is offered several times throughout the semester to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research and professions. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists and other professionals from elsewhere. All are welcome.