IUPUI Research Day 2013

Posted: April 5, 2013 in GIS, Remote Sensing
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I was honored to be able to present a poster at the 2013 Research Day held at IUPUI on April 5th. Being an undergrad it is an especially big honor. This event is hosted each year and showcases the research being done on campus. Everything from neuromolecular studies to using trash as an energy source to bobcat habit fragmentation. “Bobcat habitat fragmentation?” you ask raising one eyebrow. Why, yes, that happens to be what my poster was on, “Impact of the I-69 Corridor on Bobcat (Felis rufus) habitat in Southwestern Indiana” which looked at the further fragmentation of potential bobcat habitat in southern Indiana using a combination of remote sensing and GIS. I have attached the full sized poster to this blog for anyone interested. Below is the abstract from the poster, and as always, please feel free to comment.

“Habitat loss is known to be the main cause of the current global decline in biodiversity, and roads are thought to affect the persistence of many species by restricting movement between habitat patches” (Eigenbrod, Hecnar et al. 2008). This research looks at the impact of the I-69 corridor being built in southern Indiana on Bobcat habitat (Felis rufus) identified through the use of remote sensing and GIS. Bobcats are solitary animals that require steep, forested areas with plenty of cover for both themselves and the small mammals they prey upon. Identifying where Bobcats are likely is the first step in knowing the impact on their diversity in Southwestern Indiana. In this research we used the 2012 National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) imagery for each of the 47 counties in this study, along with the 2005 IndianaMap Elevation Model (DEM) data, both obtained from the Indiana Geospatial Portal (gis.iu.edu). These were combined with the interstate and highway shapefiles from the IndianaMap website (indianamap.org), and then classified and assigned suitability values to highlight locations for Bobcats within the study area. The I-69 corridor shapefile was then added and buffered to show the impact the corridor will have on existing Bobcat habitat.

Bobcat habitat poster-final

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