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Resource Selection

Ecological Statistics

  1. Ryan M. Nielson1,
  2. Dana L. Thomas2,
  3. Lyman L. Mcdonald3

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.var042.pub2

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

How to Cite

Nielson, R. M., Thomas, D. L. and Mcdonald, L. L. 2013. Resource Selection . Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 5.

Author Information

  1. 1

    West Inc., Cheyenne, WA, USA

  2. 2

    University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK, USA

  3. 3

    Western Ecosystems Technology Inc., WY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013


Field studies designed to compare resource (e.g., food or habitat) use and availability are commonly called resource selection studies. The motivation for conducting selection studies and the factors influencing resource selection are briefly described. Common study designs and statistical methods for assessing resource selection are presented.


  • availability;
  • avoidance;
  • home range;
  • preference;
  • resource selection function;
  • telemetry;
  • utilization distribution;
  • use