Journal of Biosciences

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 339–346 | Cite as

Place prioritization for biodiversity content

  • Sahotra SarkarEmail author
  • Anshu Aggarwal
  • Justin Garson
  • Chris R. Margules
  • Juliane Zeidler


The prioritization of places on the basis of biodiversity content is part of any systematic biodiversity conservation planning process. The place prioritization procedure implemented in the ResNet software package is described. This procedure is primarily based on the principles of rarity and complementarity. Application of the procedure is demonstrated with two analyses, one data set consisting of the distributions of termite genera in Namibia, and the other consisting of the distributions of bird species in the Islas Malvinas/Falkland Islands. The attributes that data sets should have for the effective and reliable application of such procedures are discussed. The procedure used here is compared to some others that are also currently in use.


Area selection Falkland Islands Islas Malvinas Namibia place prioritization reserve network design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sahotra Sarkar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anshu Aggarwal
    • 1
  • Justin Garson
    • 1
  • Chris R. Margules
    • 1
    • 2
  • Juliane Zeidler
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Biodiversity and Biocultural Restoration Laboratory, Program in the History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Tropical Forest Research CentreCSIRO Wildlife and EcologyAthertonAustralia
  3. 3.Desert Research Foundation of NamibiaWindhoekNamibia

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