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Southwest Regional GAP Analysis: Application, Outreach and Education

Ken Boykin:  The New Mexico Unit's GIS guru


June 2006 - May 2011


The Southwest Regional Gap Analysis Project was a successful multi-state project in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The effort mapped land cover, 819 terrestrial vertebrate species, and land stewardship over the 5-state region. With the completion of the project, there was a need to assist in applying the data to land managers needs such as the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies. Our objectives will be to provide assistance to state wildlife agencies in the application of the SWReGAP data to support their conservation efforts. This project will compare state-identified species of greatest conservation need with species identified as gap species, and describeconservation areas across the entire southwest.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Boykin, K.G., B.C. Thompson and S. Propeck-Gray. 2010. Accuracy of southwest regional gap analysis project habitat models in predicting physical features for habitat associations. Ecological Modelling 221:2769-2775. Download  | 


  • Calkins, M.T. 2010. Development of Conservation Priority Models for montane Mammals using the American Pika. Thesis, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Guy, R.K. 2010. Inductive modeling methods for the American marten using species-specific variables at varying extents. Thesis, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1949

Presentations: 4250



Funding Agencies

  • GAP Program


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey