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Evaluating expert-based habitat suitability information of terrestrial mammals with GPS-tracking data

New publication by Broekman MJE, Hilbers JP, Huijbregts MAJ, Mueller T, Ali AH, Andrén H et al.


Macroecological studies that require habitat suitability data for many species often derive this information from expert opinion. However, expert-based information is inherently subjective and thus prone to errors. The increasing availability of GPS tracking data offers opportunities to evaluate and supplement expert-based information with detailed empirical evidence. Here, we compared expert-based habitat suitability information from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with habitat suitability information derived from GPS-tracking data of 1,498 individuals from 49 mammal species.