Custom Modeling

By identifying areas of increased animal activity and habitat use, we can assess the risk of potential animal/vehicle collisions

By identifying areas of increased animal activity and habitat use, we can assess the risk of potential animal/vehicle collisions

Risk Analysis

Whether a client needs to assess the risk of wildfire or disease spread, animal/vehicle collisions, contamination transport, or invasive species expansion, Enviroscapes Ecological Consulting can help.  We start by thoroughly exploring the client’s future needs for the information that will be generated so we can then design an appropriate study to achieve usable results.  Methods used may include a combination of modeling and field studies depending on what information and data are already available at the time.  One thing is for sure, though….Enviroscapes is dedicated to only using the best available science at the time so the client feels confident in the product we provide and can defend its use to a wider audience should the need arise.

 

Modeling precipitation and temperature change scenarios on the Valles Caldera National Preserve in north central New Mexico.

Modeling precipitation and temperature change scenarios on the Valles Caldera National Preserve in north central New Mexico.

Climate Impacts

In 2013, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) added “climate change” to its list of high priority risks.  In a section titled, “Limiting the Federal Government’s Fiscal Exposure by Better Managing Climate Change Risks”, they state:

“Climate change is a complex, crosscutting issue that poses risks to many environmental and economic systems—including agriculture, infrastructure, ecosystems, and human health—and presents a significant financial risk to the federal government.”

Enviroscapes Ecological Consulting is poised to assist federal, state, tribal, and other organizations in addressing risks associated with climate change.  Predicting how changing temperature and precipitation levels may affect wildlife habitat and distribution patterns, water quality, agricultural sustainability and resultant socio-economics are just some of the services that Enviroscapes can provide!

 

 

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Modeling elk movement and distribution patterns in response to vegetative succession following the Cerro Grande Fire in northern New Mexico in May 2000.

Habitat Use and Distribution

Understanding how plant and animals use and occupy the landscape can help managers and scientists mitigate potential conflicts, ensure the species survival and sustainability (or, conversely, to limit spread of invasives/exotics), and plan for the future.  Enviroscapes Ecological Consulting is well versed in the statistical and spatial applications necessary to assess habitat use and distribution of species across the landscape.  In fact, this is where our company started.  We have extensive experience in monitoring animal populations using GPS and VHF technology and developing models to assess habitat use patterns and distribution of animals across the landscape in response to habitat changes through time.  We are versed in the construction of habitat suitability models (HSIs) and their strengths and limitations, which then allows us to improve those models as needed to ensure results are more robust and reliable for the particular application in which they are being used.  If a client wants to look at habitat connectivity, corridor design, patch dynamics and use, patch arrangement in space and time, etc., Enviroscapes has the skills and abilities to create a functional product and guide decision-making processes for the end-user.