Uses of GBIF in scientific research

Peer-reviewed research citing GBIF as a data source, with at least one author from Namibia.
Extracted from the Mendeley GBIF Public Library.

List of publications

  • De Cauwer, V., Muys, B., Revermann, R., Trabucco, A., 2014.

    Potential, realised, future distribution and environmental suitability for Pterocarpus angolensis DC in southern Africa

    Forest Ecology and Management 315 211-226.

    The deciduous tree species Pterocarpus angolensis occurs in the dry woodlands of southern Africa and grows under a broad range of environmental conditions. It is threatened by overharvesting due to its valuable timber (Blood wood, Kiaat) and by land use changes. Information on the most suitable environmental conditions for the species is often old and anecdotal, while available data on its occurrence refer to range extent and not to distribution. Species distribution models (SDM) could provide more accurate information on distribution and environmental requirements and thereby assist sustainable management of this tree species. Maxent models were developed to estimate the potential, realised and future distribution of P. angolensis and to identify detailed environmental requirements. Occurrences data of the species were sourced from herbaria and other published sources; environmental data from global GIS databases. Relevant environmental predictors were selected through a jack-knife test of the first model runs. The addition of information on competing species, fires and deforestation was tested to determine realised distribution. Model quality was evaluated with an independent presence-absence dataset. The model was projected with two different climate change scenarios to study their effect on the distribution by 2080. Results show that a potential distribution map can be obtained with good discrimination of the presence of the species (AUC 0.83) and fairly good calibration (correlation coefficient 0.61). Range extent and environmental requirements are more detailed than those described in literature. The distribution of the species is mainly influenced by the amount of summer rainfall, by the minimum temperature in winter and by temperature seasonality. Potential and realised distributions are very similar, with Madagascar as major exception where the species can grow but does not occur. Adding the fire history of the last 13 years or the distribution maps of potentially competing species as predictor variables did not improve the distribution model. It did illustrate that P. angolensis is mainly found in areas with annual fire frequency below 45% and that only a few of the tested species show signs of competition. Using a forest cover map improved the realised distribution slightly (Kappa coefficient 0.64). Climate change can decrease the species range considerably, especially in the west, threatening species existence in Namibia and Botswana. On the other hand, the species’ occurrence is predicted to increase in Zambia.


  • Irish, J., Greyling, T., 2010.

    Namdeb ORM LOM EIA: Invertebrate Assessment

    October 16.

    A survey on the invertebrate fauna at Sendelingsdrift was conducted from 25 May to 29 September 2010 as well as a desktop study to compliment fieldwork. Forty pitfall traps at ten sites in and on the periphery of the mining area together with hand collecting and UV-light collecting were used to collect about 16 000 specimens of invertebrates. A minimum of 323 terrestrial invertebrate taxa occur in the study area. Of these, 155 taxa were actually encountered on the ground, an additional 121 taxa have been recorded in other sources, and 47 more taxa were not encountered but are expected to occur anyway on grounds of habitat suitability. Some taxa are undifferentiated larger grouping or morphospecies, so the actual number of species will be much higher. Although several of the insects are endemic to the Lower Orange River area with restricted distribution ranges, it is unlikely that any specific specie is confined exclusively to the proposed mining area. No significant difference seems to exist in the diversity or abundance of invertebrates in different habitats within the mining area and surrounding areas (the riverine woodland on the banks of the Orange River was not included in this survey). It is therefore important that the areas surrounding the mining area remains undisturbed in order to protect insect populations from where the mining area can be re-colonised during the rehabilitation phases. The main impact of the mining operation on the invertebrate fauna is habitat destruction and it is therefore important that the landforms and soil structure should be recreated during and after the mining operations as far as possible. Assisted colonisation of the vegetation component will also accelerate the re-colonisation of invertebrate communities during the rehabilitation phase. Invertebrates can be reasonably economically and quantifiably used for monitoring of rehabilitation success with comparable pitfall trap surveys. The occurrence or reappearance of some easily identifiable species discussed below can also indicate the reestablishment of a healthy ecosystem. Final Draft (Greyling & Irish, October 2010) 1