What are SDMs?
Species Distribution Models (SDM) are useful tools that help to study the relationship between environment and the known distribution of a given species. SDM interpolation provides distribution probabilities for the species in space and/or time and are nowadays widely applied in ecology and for conservation purposes.
How to get started with SDM?
Charlène Guillaumot and collaborators have written a R package called “SDMPlay” that let’s you easily dive into species distribution models. It includes occurrence data of sea urchins from around the Kerguelen Islands and also comes with the necessary environmental data. It’s a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with SDMs and already create some nice looking graphs.