Exploring assumptions of community occupancy models in stream systems
August 2019 - May 2023
- University of Arkansas
- Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Occupancy analyses provide a sufficient tool to determine the distribution and abundance of species across a landscape as well as how certain habitat and environmental factors could affect that species. Occupancy methods have not been widely used in stream systems, and especially in stream communities. Thus, we plan to use field surveys and mathematical modeling approaches to explore the influence of a suite of habitat and environmental characteristics on the distribution of stream communities in the Ozarks.