The Spatial Ecology & Conservation (SPEC) Lab of the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama was founded in 2014 by the new faculty members Eben Broadbent and Angelica Almeyda Zambrano.
Sample thematic research interests:
For an overview of Spatial Ecology and Conservation see Collinge, S. (2010) Spatial Ecology and Conservation. Nature Education Knowledge 3(10):69 and Clark, W. (2010) Principles of Landscape Ecology. Nature Education Knowledge 3(10):34.
Remote sensing can include automated analyses of high-fidelity acoustic recordings to quantify biodiversity, i.e., species abundance and composition, and habitat degradation. This approach is sometimes described as soundscape analyses. This image shows a 'top of the line' Wildlife Acoustics Song Meter SM3, which is one of the methods our lab employs for acoustic biodiversity studies.
INOGO Mapas 2012 beta 1 released and available for download at: http://inogo.stanford.edu
While we are always open to new research and collaboration ideas, we also have a wide variety of ongoing projects in which you could potentially be included. Please see the Prospective Students page for detailed information.
Photos from our ongoing terrestrial fauna biodiversity research at the Lapa Rios nature reserve in Costa Rica featured in the National Geographic 'Big Cats' blog. This project is in collaboration with Lapa Rios biologists and guides and Osa Conservation. Additional photos are available for viewing at: www.osa-eyes.org
Photogrammetric analysis of UAV imagery
Amazing group! Bats in Oakmulgee, birds in the arboretum, bees in Lake Lurleen, primates in Peru, Jaguars in Costa Rica, peccaries in Peru, carbon and drones in Costa Rica, tree crown algorithms from UAVs! Amazing!! Go team!
SPEC Lab students presenting at conference.
Collaboration with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Welcome to the SPEC Lab
Research in the Spatial Ecology & Conservation (SPEC) Lab is focused on human-environment interactions and their impacts on ecosystems, including on plant and animal composition, abundance and
interaction, and ecosystem services. Research typically incorporates remote sensing, including
satellite, airplane, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and ground-based sensor platforms, and
geospatial analyses to integrate across scales and disciplines using a wide variety of research
and analytical tools.