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Machine Learning for Ecology and Sustainable Natural Resource Management

Editors: Humphries, Grant, Magness, Dawn R, Huettmann, Falk (Eds.)

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  • Shows ecologists cutting-edge methods that can help in understanding complex systems with multiple interacting variablesto and to form predictive hypotheses from large datasets 
  • Provides practical examples of the application of Machine Learning methods in ecology when predictive ability is the goal for inference and decision-making
  • Highlights how machine learning techniques can complement traditional methodologies in ecology
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Ecologists and natural resource managers are charged with making complex management decisions in the face of a rapidly changing environment resulting from climate change, energy development, urban sprawl, invasive species and globalization. Advances in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, digitization, online data availability, historic legacy datasets, remote sensors and the ability to collect data on animal movements via satellite and GPS have given rise to large, highly complex datasets. These datasets could be utilized for making critical management decisions, but are often “messy” and difficult to interpret. Basic artificial intelligence algorithms (i.e., machine learning) are powerful tools that are shaping the world and must be taken advantage of in the life sciences. In ecology, machine learning algorithms are critical to helping resource managers synthesize information to better understand complex ecological systems. Machine Learning has a wide variety of powerful applications, with three general uses that are of particular interest to ecologists: (1) data exploration to gain system knowledge and generate new hypotheses, (2) predicting ecological patterns in space and time, and (3) pattern recognition for ecological sampling. Machine learning can be used to make predictive assessments even when relationships between variables are poorly understood.  When traditional techniques fail to capture the relationship between variables, effective use of machine learning can unearth and capture previously unattainable insights into an ecosystem's complexity. Currently, many ecologists do not utilize machine learning as a part of the scientific process. This volume highlights how machine learning techniques can complement the traditional methodologies currently applied in this field.

About the authors

Dr. Grant Humphries is an ecological data scientist having worked on a number of marine and terrestrial projects (mostly seabirds) around the world where machine learning tools were critical to solving complex problems. He has over a decade of experience working with machine learning tools and techniques and loves applying them in novel and interesting ways. He is the founder of Black Bawks Data Science Ltd., a small data science company based in the highlands of Scotland, where he works on building interactive, web-based decision support tools that integrate advanced modeling. He is also a penguin counter, traveling to Antarctica every year to collect data for the Antarctic Site Inventory. His spare time is dedicated to music, cooking and spending time with his two daughters: Dylan and River, and his wife, Alex.

Dr. Dawn Magness is a landscape ecologist interested in climate change adaptation, landscape planning, ecological services, and spatial modeling. She earned her M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Science at Texas A & M University and her Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary Resilience and Adaptation Program at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her current projects use multiple methods to assess ecosystem vulnerability to inform strategic adaptation planning. She has conducted research on songbirds, flying squirrels, and American marten.

Dr. Falk Huettmann is a ‘digital naturalist’ linking computing and the internet with natural history research for global conservation and sustainability. He is a professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Biology & Wildlife Department and Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) where he and many international students run the EWHALE lab. In his lab he studies biodiversity, land- and sea-scapes, the atmosphere, global governance, ecological economics, diseases and new approaches to global sustainability on a pixel-scale. Most of his 200 publications and 7 books are centered on Open Access and Open Source science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), data mining and machine learning.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)
  • Machine Learning in Wildlife Biology: Algorithms, Data Issues and Availability, Workflows, Citizen Science, Code Sharing, Metadata and a Brief Historical Perspective

    Pages 3-26

    Humphries, Grant R. W. (et al.)

  • Use of Machine Learning (ML) for Predicting and Analyzing Ecological and ‘Presence Only’ Data: An Overview of Applications and a Good Outlook

    Pages 27-61

    Huettmann, Falk (et al.)

  • Boosting, Bagging and Ensembles in the Real World: An Overview, some Explanations and a Practical Synthesis for Holistic Global Wildlife Conservation Applications Based on Machine Learning with Decision Trees

    Pages 63-83

    Huettmann, Falk

  • From Data Mining with Machine Learning to Inference in Diverse and Highly Complex Data: Some Shared Experiences, Intellectual Reasoning and Analysis Steps for the Real World of Science Applications

    Pages 87-108

    Huettmann, Falk

  • Ensembles of Ensembles: Combining the Predictions from Multiple Machine Learning Methods

    Pages 109-121

    Lieske, David J. (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-96978-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-96976-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Machine Learning for Ecology and Sustainable Natural Resource Management
Editors
  • Grant Humphries
  • Dawn R Magness
  • Falk Huettmann
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96978-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96978-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96976-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 441
Number of Illustrations
46 b/w illustrations, 80 illustrations in colour
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