Workshop - Bayesian capture-recapture 4-6th July, St Andrews

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Workshop - Bayesian capture-recapture 4-6th July, St Andrews

Postby rk20 » Wed May 11, 2011 10:40 am

This 3-day workshop will take place in at the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) within the University of St Andrews. The presenters of the workshop are Dr Ruth King (St Andrews), Prof Byron Morgan (Kent) and Dr Rachel McCrea (Kent), with the first two presenters co-authors of the recently published book "Bayesian Analysis for Population Ecology" (see below). The workshop will begin with a basic introduction to Bayesian methods and the Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) 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 (RJMCMC) 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 published book "Bayesian Analysis for Population Ecology" by King, Morgan, Gimenez and Brooks. The computer packages WinBUGS and R will be demonstrated and used, making use of programs written by the course organisers. The workshop will combine both lectures with hands-on computer practical sessions using and adapting the computer programs provided by the organisers. Computers will be available for use in the practical sessions, but participants may use their own laptops if they wish.

The target audience for the workshop are researchers who wish to learn about Bayesian methods and/or apply these methods to their problems of interest. We anticipate that this may include a number of research students. No prior knowledge of Bayesian methods will be assumed, however, we will assume that delegates will have some knowledge or experience of capture-recapture and/or ring-recovery 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.

For furher details, see: ... w2011.html

Enquiries can be addressed to Rhona Rodger ( or Dr Ruth King (

Note that earlybird registration for this workshop closes on the 3rd June.
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