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WARF: P01251US

System for Calculating the Spatial-Temporal Effects of Environmental Conditions on Animals


INVENTORS -

Warren Porter, John Mitchell

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is seeking commercial partners interested in developing an accurate method to predict and thereby diminish or even prevent the negative effects of changes in global climate, land use and other human activities on the well being of animals.
OVERVIEWCurrent changes in global climate, land use and other human activities, such as the increased use of pesticides, can have a negative impact on the well being of animals.
THE INVENTIONUW-Madison researchers have developed an accurate method to predict and thereby diminish or even prevent these negative effects. Their system uses an integrated set of models to incorporate all the conditions needed to accurately predict how animals (both ectotherms and endotherms) will react to changes in their surroundings.

The software package contains three subsections: a microclimate model, a model for warm-blooded animals with fur or feathers, and a model for cold-blooded animals, including insects and reptiles. Input for the models is taken from the animal’s temperature-dependent behaviors, morphology and physiology.

The software has been successfully used in a number of cases. For example, Professor Porter used it to calculate annual respiratory volumes for several sizes and species of birds in Florida. As a result of this work, the EPA elected to cancel registration of a particular pesticide in Florida.
APPLICATIONS
  • Enables informed decisions in the management of animal environments
  • Could aid conservation of rare and endangered species
  • Can predict the environmental impact of controlled burns, and the effects of airborne pesticides, pathogens or other agents
  • Calculates amounts of ingested contaminants in food and water
KEY BENEFITS
  • Provides a full set of models incorporating all conditions needed to predict how animals will react to changes in their environment, such as global climate changes, diseases and toxins
  • Program can be run on a laptop computer.
  • Front end user interface can be modified for specific applications.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For More Information About the Inventors
Publications
  • Porter W.P., Budaraju S., Stewart W.E. and Ramankutty N. 2000. Calculating Climate Effects on Birds and Mammals: Impacts on Biodiversity, Conservation, Population Parameters, and Global Community Structure. Am. Zool. 40, 597-630.
Contact Information
For current licensing status, please contact Emily Bauer at emily@warf.org or 608-960-9842.
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