Marcelino V.R. & Verbruggen H. (2015)
Ecological niche models of invasive seaweeds
Journal of Phycology 51: 606-620


Ecological niche models (ENM) are commonly used to calculate habitat suitability from speciesí occurrence and macroecological data. In invasive species biology, ENMs can be applied to anticipate whether invasive species are likely to establish in an area, to identify critical routes and arrival points, to build risk maps and to predict the extent of potential spread following an introduction. Most studies using ENMs focus on terrestrial organisms and applications in the marine realm are still relatively rare. Here we review the state-of-the-art of ENMs and their application in seaweed invasion biology. We summarize methods and concepts implied in the development of niche models, show examples of how they have been applied in algae studies, and discuss considerations and perspectives in the application of ENMs in invasive algae research.

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