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GAP Analysis for Conservation of Biodiversity in the state of Mississippi


October 1996 - September 2003


To meet national objectives, gap analysis is conducted at the state level while maintaining consistency with national standards. The Mississippi Gap Analysis Project (MS-GAP) was a highly interactive and cooperative endeavor that involved essentially all state and federal natural resource agencies, conservation organizations, and universities. Further, many private landowner groups and individuals assisted with information and participation in work groups. Specific research objectives of MS-GAP were to: (1) prepare a vegetation community type map for Mississippi based on recent remotely sensed land cover data and an accepted vegetation classification system; (2) estimate current distribution delineations for selected vertebrates to predict recent species occurrence at sample areas stratified by vegetation community type; (3) compile delineations of public and private land ownership boundaries categorized by level or extent of conservation provisions; and (4) consolidate component data in a GIS and perform analysis of patterns of plant and animal species richness relative to defined levels of land management attention to diversity conservation. This research included all of Mississippi, a 123,514 km2 landscape that reflects diverse geologic and natural history. Mississippi’s diverse array of species is attributable to the complex connection of biogeographic components from southeastern United States including the Mississippi Alluvial valley, Hilly Coastal Plain, and Gulf Coastal Plain.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Vilella, F. J., and R. B. Minnis. 2000. On vertebrate generations and plant succession: incorporating vegetation structural attributes into vertebrate modeling. GAP Analysis Bulletin 8:25-28.

Technical Publications

  • Vilella, F. J. 2000. GAP Analysis for Conservation of Biodiversity in Mississippi. Page 13 in Annual Report FY 2000, Forest & Wildlife Research Center, Mississippi State University. (Keywords: biodiversity, conservation, GAP Analysis, Mississippi) (FY2000)


  • Minnis, R.B., F.J. Vilella, C.J. Reynolds, and J.L. Bowman. 1999. Mississippi GAP meta-projects: enhancing the capabilities of biodiversity planning. Annual Meeting National GAP Analysis Program. Duluth, Minnesota, August 2-6 1999. (FY1999)
  • Minnis, R.B. and F.J. Vilella. 2000. Vegetation or vertebrate time scale? Incorporating structural attributes into GAP vertebrate models. Annual Meeting National GAP Analysis Program, San Antonio, Texas, 14-18 August 2000. (FY2000)

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 669

Scientific Publications: 1897

Presentations: 4197



Funding Agencies

  • Gap Analysis Program
  • Gap Analysis Program (GAP)


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey