• Academic publication

Cetacean conservation planning in a global diversity hotspot: dealing with uncertainty and data deficiencies

Stephenson F, Hewitt JE, Torres LG, Mouton TL, Brough T, Goetz KT, Lundquist CJ, MacDiarmid AB, Ellis J, & Constantine R. (2021) Ecosphere 12( 7):e03633.

  • Spatial hotspots of cetacean diversity were highlighted under varying levels of uncertainty 
  • Key areas for cetaceans diversity include: Kermadec Ridge, Chatham Rise and Islands, Kaikoura coastline, Cook Strait 
  • Identification of cetacean hotspots with varying levels of uncertainty provides a robust and efficient step towards prioritising areas for conservation management in a participatory process  

New Zealand, richness, spatial prioritization, species distribution models, uncertainty 

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