ModEco: an integrated software package for ecological niche modeling


  • Qinghua Guo,

  • Yu Liu

Q. Guo (, Sierra Nevada Research Inst., School of Engineering, Univ. of California at Merced, CA 95343, USA. – Y. Liu, Inst. of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems, Peking Univ., Beijing, P.R. China.


ModEco is a software package for ecological niche modeling. It integrates a range of niche modeling methods within a geographical information system. ModEco provides a user friendly platform that enables users to explore, analyze, and model species distribution data with relative ease. ModEco has several unique features: 1) it deals with different types of ecological observation data, such as presence and absence data, presence-only data, and abundance data; 2) it provides a range of models when dealing with presence-only data, such as presence-only models, pseudo-absence models, background vs presence data models, and ensemble models; and 3) it includes relatively comprehensive tools for data visualization, feature selection, and accuracy assessment.