This work seeks to understand and demonstrate the effects of human activities on wildlife using a functional sensory ecology approach and, combined with NASA and...
This work seeks to understand and demonstrate the effects of human activities on wildlife using a functional sensory ecology approach and, combined with NASA and National Park Service (NPS) products (soundscape) and expertise, developing spatially-explicit indices of risk from anthropogenic nightlight and noise (ANLN) for mammals and birds of conservation significance across the contiguous US. Additionally, this project will include quantitative prediction of ANLN impacts on habitat quality and connectivity across space using extensive datasets on mammal and bird distributions and avian reproductive success to maximize utility for the NPS and inter-agency partners.
The geospatial framework we propose to generate here will provide the NPS with a data-driven approach to identify priority locations for mitigation and forecasts benefits. At a finer scale, we are currently working with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to co-develop datasets, tools, and models to help understand and mitigate the effects of artificial nightlight on terrestrial mammals in Boise, ID.
Other Research Collaborators
Clinton D. Francis, California Polytechnic State University
David Stoner, Utah State University
Jesse Barber, Boise State University
Andrew Molthan, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Kurt Fristrup, NPS Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division