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Evaluation of representative bird species Landscape Capability models


January 2015 - January 2018


The Designing Sustainable Landscapes (DSL) project at the University of Massachusetts has developed models to predict the landscape's capability to support a variety of forest bird species. We are verifying and validating models for a selection of these species to determine their predictability of space use by these species in the northeastern US.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Loman, Z.G., W. DeLuca, D.J. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, B.W. Rolek, and P.B.Wood. Adding fine-scale structural data improves broad avian habitat models, but varies by species. to be submitted to Landscape Ecology. Data DOI: 10.1111/jav.01779
  • Loman, Z.G., E.J. Blomberg, W.V. Deluca, D.J. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, and P.B. Wood. 2017. Landscape Capability predicts upland game bird Abundance and Occurrence. Journal of Wildlife Management. Article DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21265; Data DOI: 10.1111/jav.01779
  • Loman, Z.G., W.V. Deluca, D. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2017. Assessing landscape capability models as a tool to predict fine-scale forest bird occupancy and abundance. Landscape Ecology.Data DOI: 10.1111/jav.01779

Technical Publications

  • Loman, Z., D. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2016. Evaluation of representative bird species’ Landscape Capability models developed by the Designing Sustainable Landscapes project in the 13-state, northeastern region of the United States. Annual report of project activity to the USFWS. 7 pp.


  • Loman, Z.G., D. Harrison, C.S.Loftin, and P.B.Wood. 2016. Validating predictions of upland game bird space use in multiple management contexts. Presentation at the 72nd Annual Meeting of Northeast Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Annapolis, MD, 3-6 April.
  • Loman, Z.G., D.Harrison, C.S. Loftin, and P.B.Wood. 2016. Evaluation of a fine-grained landscape conservation planning tool for songbird conservation in the Northeastern United States. To be presented at the North American Ornithological Conference in Washington, DC, 16-20 August.
  • Loman, Z.G., E.J. Blomberg, W.V. Deluca, D.J. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, and P.B. Wood. 2016. Validating Landscape Capability as a Predictor of Upland Game Bird Abundance and Occurrence. Poster presentation at the Annual meeting of The Wildlife Society, Raleigh, NC, 15-21 October.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 11

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 22

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 281



Funding Agencies

  • USGS-SSP Program


Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Maine
  5. Wildlife Management Institute