- The Amazon basin is a natural wonder of biodiversity that serves as one of the largest single carbon storage mechanisms in the world. For these reasons, preserving the Amazon and other similar forests is a worthy goal. Protecting these spaces is not possible without understanding the threats facing animal populations that serve as the primary reproductive mechanism for the rainforest when they consume and transport the forest fruit.
WebModeler is a tool that was created to facilitate the use of existing models to project the impact of hunting on Amazonian mammals, specifically large-bodied primates such as black spider monkeys (Ateles chamek). With the help of this tool, a broader range of individuals can understand and participate in efforts to curb overhunting and population depletion in the basin.
- Key Words: simulation, modeling, mammal depletion, spatial ecology