The Conservation and Analysis Unit (CAU) conducts scientific analysis and research to address conservation questions and produce products for use in conservation decision-making, with a focus on landscape-level spatial analysis.
We seek to further our knowledge and understanding of priority conservation areas through habitat suitability modeling, species range and distribution modeling, climate change vulnerability assessment, habitat connectivity modeling, and the compilation and integration of other landscape datasets.
One example is the recently updated California Terrestrial Habitat Connectivity map (adjacent). Building off the 2010 California Essential Habitat Connectivity map, this new 2019 map was developed to support conservation planning efforts by allowing users to spatially evaluate the relative contribution of an area to terrestrial habitat connectivity based on results of statewide, regional, and other connectivity analyses currently available. The map will continue to be refined with new information. Go to the Areas of Conservation Emphasis page for further information and to access the interactive viewer. Your feedback is welcome.
Other Projects include:
Melanie Gogol-Prokurat, Ph.D.
Conservation Analysis Unit