Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Geographic Information Science

Administrative Home Department

College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Advisor 1

Michael Hyslop

Advisor 2

Mickey Jarvi

Committee Member 1

Jared Wolfe


After declaring independence in 1968 and discovering oil reserves in 1995, Equatorial Guinea has arisen as one of the wealthier countries in Africa but unfortunately has become one of the most volatile countries as well, with the numerous military coups and disproportionate distribution of wealth. This nation also houses some of the most diverse wildlife on earth, with several endangered species of mammals, as well as reptilian and bird species that are unique only to Equatorial Guinea. With increased bushmeat demand increasing in the last two decades, illegal hunting activities have increased as well, even in national parks. Because of the threats to the native flora and fauna species in the country, it becomes more important to determine what factors can motivate their movement and development. This way, we can predict the biodiversity in impacted areas and be able to coordinate better enforcement efforts to ensure the continued protection of these species and promote biodiversity throughout both Equatorial Guinea and the continent of Africa itself. The manufactured geodatabase will hopefully provide insight on how to predict biodiversity in the country’s ecoregions and the factors that drive biodiversity. This document will provide formatting instructions on how the Equatorial Guinea geodatabase was created and how to manage and maintain the information stored within it.