Understanding the role of biological traits, environmental conditions and neutral processes in primate species' and communities' biogeography

Authors: Korstjens, A.H.

Start date: 10 January 2017

Journal: Primate Eye

Publisher: PSGB

Primates are facing unprecedented levels of human disturbance in combination with rapid climate change. To mitigate the impacts of these changes we need to understand which biological traits, competitor interactions, and environmental conditions are most important in shaping primate species’ biogeography, community composition, and response to changes. We present an overview of the approaches the LEAP team are taking to address this issue including detailed field observations of forests and primate densities, remote imaging using drones and LiDAR to map landscapes, time-budget models, niche models, and other modelling approaches. The work should inform theory development as well as conservation efforts.

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