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David J. Lieske, Ph.D.|
David J. Lieske is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography
and Environment, and is the Director of the Mount Allison University
Geospatial Modelling Lab (GML).
His research expertise encompasses spatial
statistical modelling, geographic information systems (GIS), and geovisualization.
David is particularly interested in the application of these methods to assist
environmental monitoring, mapping and conservation planning.
David is also the author of the Tantramar Community
Adaptation Viewer (TCAV), a web-based decision support toolkit for viewing
community flood risk vulnerability.
Link to David's Workshop on the R Statistical Package:
His contact information is as follows:
David J. Lieske, Ph.D.
David J. Lieske
Dept. of Geography
144 Main Street,
American Black Duck Mapping Project
In 2006, Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV) partners in the Maritime Provinces recognized
the need to initiate the development of population habitat models. Starting in 2008,
funding was allocated towards achieving this goal and a team (consisting of staff from EHJV partner
agencies and Dr. David Lieske and the Geospatial Modelling Lab), was struck to pursue detailed
The identification of core habitat for maritime breeding Black Ducks (Anas rubripes) was supported
by two key data sources: (1) rotary-wing waterfowl surveys conducted by the EHJV and
Canadian Wildlife Service, (2) detailed and up-to-date land cover maps for the provinces of New Brunswick
and Nova Scotia.
The following paper details the development of the maritime-wide species distribution model (SDM) for
breeding Black Ducks, and was the source for the distribution map presented at the top of the page:
D.J. Lieske, B. Pollard, M. Gloutney, R. Milton, K. Connor, R. Dibblee, G. Parsons,
D. Howerter. 2012. The Importance of Agricultural Landscapes as Key Nesting Habitats For the
American Black Duck in Maritime Canada. Waterbirds 35: 525-534.
- Assessment of a potential net-negative ("break point") effect of agricultural land-use intensity
on breeding ducks;
- "The effect of landuse on waterfowl habitat quality in an agricultural region of Atlantic Canada",
with the Annapolis Valley as a detailed case study(Masters Thesis: Megan MacIntosh);
- Black Duck Joint Venture
- Ducks Unlimited Canada
- Canadian Wildlife Service
- New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources
- Nova Scotia Department of Environment, Energy and Foresty