The spatial structure of habitat selection

A caribou’s-eye-view
Acta Oecologica
Stephen J. Mayora, James A. Schaefer, David C. Schneider, Shane P. Mahoney

Greater understanding of habitat selection requires investigation of the scales at which organisms perceive and respond to their environment. Such knowledge could reveal the relative importance of factors limiting populations and the extent of response to habitat changes, and so guide conservation initiatives. The authors conducted a novel, spatially explicit analysis of winter habitat selection by caribou (Rangifer tarandus) in Newfoundland, Canada, to elucidate the spatial scales of habitat selection.