Academic

Invited Talks

Predicting future biodiversity with species distribution models: current applications, persistent issues, and where to go from here. RIKEN iTHEMS Seminar. 19 September, 2023 (Online).

Advances in species distribution modeling and applications for predicting ecosystem functions and services. 18th Asia-Pacific BON Webinar. 08 September, 2023. Kass, J. M., Fukaya, K., Thuiller, W., Mori, A.

What is biodiversity, why is it important, and how do we predict it? 38th Life Science Seminar, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University. 24 July, 2023.

Predicting future ecosystem service potential with biodiversity models. 9th DOIS Research Seminar, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo. 01 June, 2023.

Using high-frequency ant activity data from an extensive island monitoring network to show the loss of seasonal patterns with land-cover change. Ecological Approaches to Anthropogenic Environment, from Basic to Applied Joint Seminar: Hirosaki University - Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, OIST - Tokushima University. 31 October, 2022.

Challenges for predicting the future of biodiversity (生物多様性の未来予測への挑戦). Suzuki Award Talk, Ecological Society of Japan 69th Annual Meeting. 15 March, 2022.

Loss of seasonality across a forest-urban gradient for ant communities in Okinawa. Ecological Society of Japan, Kanto Branch Public Online Symposium: Human-nature systems in ecological studies and ecosystem/resource management (virtual). 26 July, 2021. Organized by Nao Takashina. Kass, J. M., Yoshida, T., Ogasawara, M., Suwabe, M., Yoshimura, M., Hita Garcia, F., Fischer, G., Dudley, K. L., Donohue, I., Economo, E. P.

沖縄アリ群集の時間変動/種の相互作用を種の分布モデルに配慮する方法 (Temporal variability of Okinawan ant communities / Methods to consider biotic interactions in species distribution models). 横浜国立大学大学院環境情報研究院森章研究室公開セミナー (Yokohama National University Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences, Akira Mori Research Lab Public Seminar). 20 July, 2021.

Introduction to SDMs: theory and practice in R: Model evaluation. Sapienza University, Rome, Italy (virtual). 10 June, 2021. Organized by Robert Muscarella.

生物的相互作用と多様性情報を用いた種の分布と個体群変動の予測 (Using biotic interactions and diversity to predict species’ ranges and examine community change). 国立環境研究所にて第19回『つくばE3セミナー』(National Institute of Environmental Studies 19th Tsukuba E3 Seminar). 29 November, 2019. National Institute of Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Japan.

Organized Symposia

Symposium on Asian Biodiversity Data and Research. City College Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI). New York, New York, USA. 28 January, 2019. Organized by Kass, J. M. Speakers: Anderson, R. P., Bertola, L., Carnaval, A., Galante, P. J., Giakoumis, M., Hickerson, M., Hirata, K., Fujinuma, J., Kass, J. M., Kusumoto, B., Liu, C., Lohman, D., McDonald, K., Paz, A., Shiono, T., Takashina, N., Ueda, M., Kubota, Y.

Organized Seminar Series

Japan Eco-Evo English Seminar (monthly). Began September, 2021. Organized with Nobuaki Mizumoto. URL: https://sites.google.com/view/jee-english-seminar

Webinars

Wallace: 再現可能な種の分布モデリングのためのフレキシブルなプラットフォーム (Wallace: a flexible platform for reproducible species distribution modeling). In Japanese. Kass, J. M., Ishihama, F., Koide, D. URL: https://youtu.be/eT2VEXaraf8

Conference: oral

Predicting ecosystem functions and services in space and time with biodiversity models. The 10th East Asia Federation of Ecological Societies (EAFES) International Congress. Jeju, Korea. 17–20 July, 2023. Kass, J. M., Fukaya, K., Thuiller, W., Mori, A.

Ant biodiversity across the globe and here in Okinawa. OIST Research Appreciation Month 2022, Research Blitz Talks. 31 October, 2022.

Breakdown of ant community seasonal patterns with land-cover change across an island-wide monitoring network in Okinawa. Tohoku University – OIST 3rd Joint Workshop on Biodiversity: From Genes and Species to Ecosystem Services and Resilience. 25 October, 2022.

Urbanization breaks down insect seasonal patterns across an island-wide observation network. North American Congress for Conservation Biology 2022. 16 – 21 July 2022 (virtual). Kass, J. M., Yoshida, T., Ogasawara, M., Suwabe, M., Yoshimura, M., Hita Garcia, F., Fischer, G., Dudley, K. L., Donohue, I., Economo, E. P.

Mapping known and undiscovered ant biodiversity across the globe and assessing agreement and mismatch with vertebrates. International Biogeography Society 10th Biennial Conference. 2 – 6 June 2022. Kass, J. M., Guénard, B., Jenkins, C., Dudley, K. L., Azuma, F., Fisher, B., Parr, C., Gibb, H., Longino, J. T., Ward, P. S., Chao, A., Shattuck, S., Lubertazzi, D., Weiser, M., Jetz, W., Guralnick, R., Sanders, N., Dunn, R., Economo, E. P.

「森林・撹乱地」勾配に沿った沖縄アリ群集の季節性の減少 (Loss of seasonality in Okinawa ant communities across a gradient of forest to human disturbance). Ecological Society of Japan 69th Annual Meeting. 14 – 18 March 2022 (virtual). Kass, J. M., Yoshida, T., Ogasawara, M., Suwabe, M., Yoshimura, M., Hita Garcia, F., Fischer, G., Dudley, K. L., Donohue, I., Economo, E. P.

A global map of ant biodiversity, comparisons with vertebrates, and predictions of unknown hotspots. Early Career Biogeography Conference Amsterdam (Online). International Biogeography Society. 22 – 24 October 2021. Kass, J. M., Guénard, B., Jenkins, C., Dudley, K. L., Azuma, F., Fisher, B., Parr, C., Gibb, H., Longino, J. T., Ward, P. S., Chao, A., Shattuck, S., Lubertazzi, D., Weiser, M., Jetz, W., Guralnick, R., Sanders, N., Dunn, R., Economo, E. P.

土地被覆と季節性が特徴づける沖縄アリ群集の時間変動 (Characterizing the temporal variability of Okinawan ant communities using land cover and seasonality). Ecological Society of Japan 68th Annual Meeting. 17 – 21 March 2021 (virtual). Kass J. M., Donohue, I., Economo, E. P.

Global patterns of ant diversity and congruence with other taxa. Section: Big Data in Ecology – New Ecological Insights 8. 2020 ESA Annual Meeting (virtual). 3 – 6 August, 2020. Kass, J. M., Guenard, B., Jenkins, C. N., Dudley, K., Azuma, F., Chao, A., Dunn, R. R., Fisher, B. L., Gibb, H., Parr, C., Sanders, N. J., Weiser, M. D., Economo, E. P.

土地利用と外来種が沖縄アリ群集の時間的変動に与える影響 (The effects of land use and invasive species on the temporal variability of Okinawan ant communities). Ecological Society of Japan 67th Annual Meeting. 4 – 7 March 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19). Kass, J. M., Donohue, I., Economo, E. P.

Using multispecies occupancy models to examine how co-occurrence patterns change over environmental gradients: invasive raccoons in a carnivoran assemblage in Japan. Symposium on Asian Biodiversity Data and Research. 28 January, 2019. City College of New York, New York, New York, USA. Kass, J. M.

Co-occurrence with two carnivorans results in differential occupancy for invasive raccoons in Japan. 98th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. 25 – 29 June, 2018. Manhattan, Kansas, USA. Kass, J. M., Tingley, M. W., Tetsuya, T., Koike, F.

Exploring interactions between invasive raccoons and co-occurring carnivores in Japan using a multispecies dynamic occupancy model. 65th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan. 14 – 18 March, 2018. Sapporo, Japan. Kass, J. M., Tingley, M. W., Tetsuya, T., Koike, F.

Biotic predictors improve range estimates for migrating monarch butterflies in Mexico. 8th Annual Meeting, Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York, American Museum of Natural History. 11 – 13 October, 2017. New York, New York, USA. Kass, J. M., Espinosa-Lucas, A., Botello, F., Martínez-Salas, E., Juárez-Jaimes, V., Tavera, G., Flores-Martínez, J. J., Sánchez-Cordero, V., Anderson, R. P.

Correlative Distribution Models for Marten and Fisher in the Northern Forest: Abiotic, Biotic, and Climate Change Drivers. Vth International Wildlife Management Congress. 26 – 30 July, 2015. Sapporo, Japan. Kass, J. M., Jensen, P. G, Anderson, R. P.

Species interactions and their role in niche models: A study on two sympatric mustelids in the Northeast U.S. 100th Annual Meeting, Ecological Society of America. 9 – 14 August, 2015. Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Kass, J. M., Jensen, P. G, Anderson, R. P.

Conference: poster

Wallace: a flexible platform for reproducible modeling of species niches and distributions built for community expansion. Celebrating Sciences: Orientation Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry & Physics. 24 August, 2017. CUNY Graduate Center, New York, New York, USA. Kass, J. M., Vilela, B., Aiello-Lammens, M. E, Muscarella, R., Anderson, R. P.

Investigating the drivers of invasive raccoon spread with dynamic occupancy models in Kanagawa, Japan. 8th Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society. 9 – 13 January, 2017. Tucson, Arizona, USA. Kass, J. M., Koike F.

Wallace: a user-friendly web app for advanced modeling of niches and distributions. 7th Annual Meeting, Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York, American Museum of Natural History. 20 – 22 October, 2016. New York, New York, USA. Kass, J. M., Aiello-Lammens, M. E, Vilela, B., Muscarella, R., Anderson, R. P.

A new conservation assessment for the Ecuadorian spiny pocket mouse informed by optimized ecological niche models and updated land cover and protected area data. 99th Annual Meeting, Ecological Society of America. 10 – 15 August, 2014. Sacramento, California, USA. Kass, J. M. & Anderson, R. P.

Lab seminars, working groups

Mapping known and undiscovered ant biodiversity across the globe and assessing agreement and mismatch with vertebrates. Guénard Lab, Hong Kong University. 28 July, 2022.

Integrating the effects of biotic interactions into models of species distributions. University of the Ryukyus and OIST Joint Lab Seminar. 29 July, 2019. University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan.

Integrating biotic information into species distribution models. NY-SDM Discussion Group at the American Museum of Natural History. 21 September, 2018. New York, New York, USA.

Wallace introduction and walkthrough. NASA Working Group meeting at Colombia Humboldt Institute. 13 April, 2018. Bogotá, Colombia. Kass, J. M., Pinilla-Buitrago, G. E.

Wallace: a platform for modeling species niches and distributions, built for community expansion. GC Digital Initiatives End-of-Year Showcase. 17 May, 2017. New York, New York, USA.

Wallace: an expandable, interactive, and instructive web application for spatial ecological modeling. New York Regional Species Distribution Modeling Discussion Group, American Museum of Natural History. 13 May, 2016. New York, New York, USA.

Non-academic

Complex Tool Dev in Arcpy: ‘retooling’ from VBA. CalGIS Conference. 15 – 17 April, 2013. Long Beach, California, USA. Kass, J. M. & Cayce, K.

An Aquatic Resource Inventory for CA. Society for Conservation Biology Conference. 15 – 18 July, 2012. Oakland, California, USA. Kass, J. M., Cayce K, Klatt, M., Collins, J.

Bay Area Aquatic Resource Inventory – Methods, QC, Local Stewardship. Society for Conservation GIS Conference. 16 – 19 July, 2011. Big Bear Lake, California, USA. Kass, J. M., Cayce K, Klatt, M., Collins, J.

Bay Area Aquatic Resource Inventory – Riparian Model Development, Future Applications. CalGIS Conference. 28 – 31 March, 2011. Fresno, California, USA. Kass, J. M., Klatt, M., Cayce, K.