This document is the result of a collaborative effort between Donal O’Leary, Katherine Rosa, and Trevor Bloom in support of our graduate educations here at Western Washington University.

Introduction

Trevor Bloom is currently pursuing an M.S. in Biology studying the effects of wildfire and climate change on the distribution of the flower species Saxifraga austromontana. More about his research may be found on his website here

For this project Trevor has modeled a climactic niche that these plants occupy. Katie and I then took those models and extracted the elevation and latitude for each pixel in the DEM that has its centroid within one of these suitable habitat polygons.