Joint Ecosystem Modeling

Alligator Model

Alligator photo by Leslie Velarde, NPS
Photo by Leslie Velarde, NPS

The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) production model synthesizes concepts from existing habitat suitability models with an updated literature review and expert workshops. The overall production index is the geometric mean of 5 components: available habitat, breeding potential, courtship and mating, nest building, and nest flooding.