Two workshops on the Analysis of Capture-Recapture Data held

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Two workshops on the Analysis of Capture-Recapture Data held

Postby scottish » Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:43 am

Workshop 1: Analysis of Capture-recapture Data Workshop - 6-7th

September 2010
Workshop 2: Bayesian Analysis of Capture-recapture Data Workshop - 8-10th September 2010

Further details:

Workshop 1: Analysis of Capture-Recapture Data Workshop - Instructors: Professor Byron Morgan and Dr Rachel McCrea
This workshop will cover the essentials of statistical methods for the analysis of capture-recapture data. Methods of classical inference based on likelihood construction and maximisation will be used throughout. The workshop will include both introductory and advanced material, including current research. The workshop will be led by Professor Byron Morgan and Dr Rachel McCrea both based at the University of Kent in Canterbury. They are in the process of writing a book "Analysis of Capture-Recapture Data" which will form the basis of the workshop. One extensive application, on cormorants, Phalacrocorax carbo, will be used to integrate different aspects of the work. Additional data sets will be provided for individual experimentation. The four computer practical sessions will use programs and packages written in the free language R as well as code for symbolic algebra package Maple. Talks will be accompanied by copies of talk slides, and memory sticks will be provided which will contain more detailed notes, computer programs and data sets, as well as the talk slides. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets for discussion and analysis. By the end of the workshop, participants will have the confidence and ability to fit a wide range of capture-recapture models, for use in ecology and other areas of application. The workshop will form the basis for the subsequent workshop on Bayesian analysis for Population Ecology.

Earlybird registration for workshop 1 (before 10th August) will be £360 (and £290 for students).

Workshop 2: Bayesian Analysis of Capture-recapture Data Workshop - Instructors: Dr Ruth King, Prof Byron Morgan and Dr Olivier Gimenez

Bayesian methods are making an enormous impact in the area of population ecology. In this workshop participants will be given instruction on the underlying ideas associated with Bayesian methods and computational algorithms, applied to the area of population ecology, with particular focus on mark-recapture-recovery data. The workshop will begin with an introduction to Bayesian methods and the Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm before considering more advanced topics, including, for example, random effects models, state-space models, dealing with missing data, model selection (including posterior model probabilities and model averaging) and the reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm. Theory and methods will be motivated and illustrated using a range of ecological capture-recapture examples. The workshop will make use of (and provide) the recently published book "Bayesian Analysis for Population Ecology" by King, Morgan, Gimenez and Brooks. The workshop will combine lectures with hands-on computer practical sessions using and adapting the computer programs provided by the organisers in both WinBUGS and R. In addition to the book, particpants will also receive a memeory stick containing the talk slides, datasets analysed and all the WinBUGS and R codes used in the workshop. No prior knowledge of Bayesian methods will be assumed, however, we will assume that delegates will either have attended the “Analysis of Capture-recapture Data” workshop immediately prior to this workshop or have knowledge or experience of capture-recapture data and the Cormack-Jolly-Seber (CJS) model. Workshop participants will acquire new statistical tools for answering important questions relevant to the conservation and management of wild animal populations.

Earlybird registration for workshop 2 (before 10th August) will be £540 (and £430 for students).

For further information, including a complete draft schedule for each workshop, registration information and contact details, see and associated links.

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