ENM2020: A Free Online Course and Set of Resources on Modeling Species' Niches and Distributions

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A. Townsend Peterson
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0243-2379
Matthew Aiello-Lammens
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6180-5959
Giuseppe Amatulli
Robert Anderson
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7706-4649
Marlon Cobos
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2611-1767
José Alexandre Diniz-Filho
Luis Escobar
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5735-2750
Xiao Feng
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4638-3927
Janet Franklin
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0314-4598
Luiz Gadelha
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8122-9522
Damien Georges
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2425-7591
M Guéguen
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1045-2997
Tomer Gueta
Kate Ingenloff
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5942-9053
Scott Jarvie
Laura Jiménez
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6683-9576
Dirk Karger
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7770-6229
Jamie Kass
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9432-895X
Michael Kearney
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3349-8744
Rafael Loyola
Fernando Machado-Stredel
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8378-3172
Enrique Martínez-Meyer
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1184-9264
Cory Merow
Maria Luiza Mondelli
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1572-2084
Sara Mortara
Robert Muscarella
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3039-1076
Corinne Myers
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1490-7378
Babak Naimi
Daniel Noesgaard
Ian Ondo
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7816-5882
Luis Osorio-Olvera
Hannah Owens
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0071-1745
Richard Pearson
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3458-0539
Gonzalo Pinilla-Buitrago
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0065-945X
Andrea Sánchez-Tapia
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3521-4338
Erin Saupe
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0370-9897
Wilfried Thuiller
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5388-5274
Sara Varela
Dan Warren
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8747-2451
John Wieczorek
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1144-0290
Katherine Yates
Gengping Zhu
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6823-5840
Gabriela Zuquim
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0932-2308
Damaris Zurell
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4628-3558

Abstract

The field of distributional ecology has seen considerable recent attention, particularly surrounding the theory, protocols, and tools for Ecological Niche Modeling (ENM) or Species Distribution Modeling (SDM). Such analyses have grown steadily over the past two decades—including a maturation of relevant theory and key concepts—but methodological consensus has yet to be reached. In response, and following an online course taught in Spanish in 2018, we designed a comprehensive English-language course covering much of the underlying theory and methods currently applied in this broad field. Here, we summarize that course, ENM2020, and provide links by which resources produced for it can be accessed into the future. ENM2020 lasted 43 weeks, with presentations from 52 instructors, who engaged with >2500 participants globally through >14,000 hours of viewing and >90,000 views of instructional video and question-and-answer sessions. Each major topic was introduced by an “Overview” talk, followed by more detailed lectures on subtopics. The hierarchical and modular format of the course permits updates, corrections, or alternative viewpoints, and generally facilitates revision and reuse, including the use of only the Overview lectures for introductory courses. All course materials are free and openly accessible (CC-BY license) to ensure these resources remain available to all interested in distributional ecology.

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Peterson, A. Townsend, Matthew Aiello-Lammens, Giuseppe Amatulli, Robert Anderson, Marlon Cobos, José Alexandre Diniz-Filho, Luis Escobar, Xiao Feng, Janet Franklin, Luiz Gadelha, Damien Georges, M Guéguen, Tomer Gueta, Kate Ingenloff, Scott Jarvie, Laura Jiménez, Dirk Karger, Jamie Kass, Michael Kearney, Rafael Loyola, Fernando Machado-Stredel, Enrique Martínez-Meyer, Cory Merow, Maria Luiza Mondelli, Sara Mortara, Robert Muscarella, Corinne Myers, Babak Naimi, Daniel Noesgaard, Ian Ondo, Luis Osorio-Olvera, Hannah Owens, Richard Pearson, Gonzalo Pinilla-Buitrago, Andrea Sánchez-Tapia, Erin Saupe, Wilfried Thuiller, Sara Varela, Dan Warren, John Wieczorek, Katherine Yates, Gengping Zhu, Gabriela Zuquim, and Damaris Zurell. 2022. “ENM2020: A Free Online Course and Set of Resources on Modeling Species’ Niches and Distributions”. Biodiversity Informatics 17 (March). https://doi.org/10.17161/bi.v17i.15016.
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Biodiversity Informatics Training Modules (peer-reviewed)