I was about to run a single-species single-season occupancy model on habitat variables for my tropical mammal data in R. One of my statistic mentors told me I might need to convert my data on distance to road and distance to rivers by using LN or Log10. It seems that he also was not too sure, as he mentioned that the need to convert data depends on my research question and stayed rather vague on his opinion about my data set. I do not really understand how the type of research question affects whether I can feed my normal data or converted data into the model so I was hoping for the community here to offer advice. If it helps: distances range between 0-1.94 km.

Edit: In general, is there a rule of thumb when to convert data using log?

I thank everyone who takes their time to help me answering my question!

Sincerely,

Maiwald