Virtual sheep help real ones

Castanet reported on a tool created by a graduate student and a contributing member to UBCO’s Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience and Ecosystem Services.

Corrie Allen created a virtual sheep roaming a model of the Okanagan Valley to examine why the bighorn sheep population in the area is declining and how human development may be involved.

“It is important to recognize the choices we make on our landscapes today will change the options available to us in the future. There are a lot of decision makers in the Okanagan Valley interested in creating a functional and resilient landscape that supports a diverse spectrum of species and ecosystems into the future,” she said.