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Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos
Merckx, B. (2011). Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos. PhD Thesis. Marine Biology, Ghent University: Gent. ISBN 978-90-77713-87-7. 309 + DVD pp.

Thesis info:
    Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), more

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    VLIZ: Theses M [224644]
Document type: Dissertation

Keywords
    Aquatic communities; Benthos; Marine

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Content
  • Merckx, B. (2011). General introduction, in: Merckx, B. (2011). Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos. pp. 1-24, more
  • Merckx, B.; Steyaert, M.; Ferrero, T.; McEvoy, A.; Gheskiere, T.; Schratzberger, M.; Lambshead, J.; Vanreusel, A.; Vincx, M.; Vanaverbeke, J. (2011). Revealing species assembly rules in nematode communities, in: Merckx, B. (2011). Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos. pp. 25-43, more
  • Merckx, B.; Goethals, P.; Steyaert, M.; Vanreusel, A.; Vincx, M.; Vanaverbeke, J. (2011). Predictability of marine nematode biodiversity, in: Merckx, B. (2011). Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos. pp. 45-64, more
  • Merckx, B.; Van Meirvenne, M.; Steyaert, M.; Vanreusel, A.; Vincx, M.; Vanaverbeke, J. (2011). Mapping nematode diversity in the Southern Bight of the North Sea, in: Merckx, B. (2011). Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos. pp. 65-82, more
  • Merckx, B.; Steyaert, M.; Vanreusel, A.; Vincx, M.; Vanaverbeke, J. (2011). Null models reveal preferential sampling, spatial autocorrelation and overfitting in habitat suitability modelling, in: Merckx, B. (2011). Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos. pp. 83-102, more
  • Merckx, B.; Steyaert, M.; Vanreusel, A.; Vincx, M.; Vanaverbeke, J. (2011). Habitat suitability modelling of common species, in: Merckx, B. (2011). Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos. pp. 103-121, more
  • Merckx, B. (2011). Application to macrobenthic species, in: Merckx, B. (2011). Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos. pp. 123-144, more
  • Merckx, B. (2011). General discussion, in: Merckx, B. (2011). Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos. pp. 145-167, more
  • Merckx, B. (2011). Technical description of artificial neural networks, geostatistics and maximum entropy modelling, in: Merckx, B. (2011). Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos. pp. 205-226, more
  • Merckx, B. (2011). Subsets in the UGent database & sampling techniques of the Manuela and UGent data, in: Merckx, B. (2011). Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos. pp. 227-235, more
  • Merckx, B. (2011). Nematode habitat suitability models, in: Merckx, B. (2011). Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos. pp. 237-265, more
  • Merckx, B. (2011). Maxent models of chapter 6, in: Merckx, B. (2011). Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos. pp. 267-271, more
  • Merckx, B. (2011). Matlab and R-Code, in: Merckx, B. (2011). Habitat suitability and community modelling of marine benthos = Modeleren van habitatgeschiktheid en gemeenschapsstructuren van marien benthos. pp. 273-307, more

Abstract
    This PhD focuses on the development of powerful statistical models which cope with modelling pitfalls typical for spatial data and data assembled from various sources, but which are often ignored. In this respect issues such as spatial autocorrelation, sampling bias and overfitting are addressed. The aim of this thesis is two-fold: adapting the current modelling process in such a way that potential pitfalls are revealed and circumvented; and getting insight in the ecology and biodiversity of the taxa under study on a small and large spatial scale. On a small scale 'species assembly rules' have been investigated for the nematode community; on a large spatial scale the diversity of nematode communities is modelled. This research focuses also on habitat suitability modelling of more than 100 nematode species and two macrobenthic species.

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