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Evaluation of representative bird species Landscape Capability models


January 2015 - January 2018


The Designing Sustainable Landscapes (DSL) project at the University of Massachusetts has developed models to predict the landscape's capability to support a variety of forest bird species. We are verifying and validating models for a selection of these species to determine their predictability of space use by these species in the northeastern US.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Loman, Z.G., W. DeLuca, D.J. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, B.W. Rolek, and P.B.Wood. Adding fine-scale structural data improves broad avian habitat models, but varies by species. to be submitted to Landscape Ecology. Data DOI: 10.1111/jav.01779
  • Loman, Z.G., E.J. Blomberg, W.V. Deluca, D.J. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, and P.B. Wood. 2017. Landscape capability predicts upland game bird abundance and occurrence. <i>Journal of Wildlife Management</i>, 81:1110-1116. DOI:10.1002/jwmg.21265.; Data DOI: 10.1111/jav.01779
  • Loman, Z.G., W.V. Deluca, D. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, B.R. Rolek, P.B. Wood. 2018. Landscape capability models as a tool to predict fine-scale forest bird occupancy and abundance. <i>Landscape Ecology,</i> 33:77-91.Data DOI: 10.1111/jav.01779

Technical Publications

  • Loman, Z., D. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2016. Evaluation of representative bird species’ Landscape Capability models developed by the Designing Sustainable Landscapes project in the 13-state, northeastern region of the United States. Annual report of project activity to the USFWS. 7 pp.


  • Loman, Z.G., D. Harrison, C.S.Loftin, and P.B.Wood. 2016. Validating predictions of upland game bird space use in multiple management contexts. Presentation at the 72nd Annual Meeting of Northeast Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Annapolis, MD, 3-6 April.
  • Loman, Z.G., D.Harrison, C.S. Loftin, and P.B.Wood. 2016. Evaluation of a fine-grained landscape conservation planning tool for songbird conservation in the Northeastern United States. To be presented at the North American Ornithological Conference in Washington, DC, 16-20 August.
  • Loman, Z.G., E.J. Blomberg, W.V. Deluca, D.J. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, and P.B. Wood. 2016. Validating Landscape Capability as a Predictor of Upland Game Bird Abundance and Occurrence. Poster presentation at the Annual meeting of The Wildlife Society, Raleigh, NC, 15-21 October.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 670

Scientific Publications: 1897

Presentations: 4193



Funding Agencies

  • USGS-SSP Program


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey