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Willem Sytsma

Graduate Student (MS)


Willem Sytsma earned his BS from the Department of Biology at the University of Massachusett in 2006. He is currently an MS candidate in the Landscape Ecology Lab in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Willem's thesis research is entitled: Modeling habitat capability for the eastern Indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi) in the Altamaha River corridor, Georgia.

Willem's research is focused on developing an expert habitat capability model for the eastern Indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi) in the Altamaha River corridor area, Georgia, to aid in identifying and prioritizing lands for Indigo snake habitat conservation for Project Orianne. For this purpose, Willem is using HABIT@, a multi-scale GIS-based system for modeling wildlife habitat developed in the Landscape Ecology Lab at the University of Massachusetts. In addition, for purposes of comparison, Willem is also developing a statistical model of habitat capability using field radio-telemetry data obtained by Natalie Hyslop as part of her dissertation research at the University of Georgia.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kevin McGarigal
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
304 Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
Box 34210, Amherst, MA 01003
Fax: (413) 545-4358; Phone: (413) 577-0655

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