Bayesian hierarchical models workshop | Brazil, Feb 2015

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Bayesian hierarchical models workshop | Brazil, Feb 2015

Postby Marc Kery » Sun Oct 26, 2014 3:00 pm

II Workshop on Hierarchical Modeling for Ecologists
- Abundance and Movement Estimation -

Date: February 1-7, 2015
Lecturers: Marc Kéry, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, Switzerland
Juan Manuel Morales, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Bariloche, Argentina
Gonçalo Ferraz, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Assistants: Jérôme Guélat, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach/Switzerland
Murilo Guimarães, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil
Location: Pousada Haras Cambará, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Language: English
Organization: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in partnership with the Associação Brasileira de Ciência Ecológica e Conservação (ABECO).
Fees: US$500 (for anyone who is not a graduate student in Latin America, please note this fee does not cover the cost of R$870 (approx. 350 US$) for food and accommodation during the workshop)
R$870 (for Latin American graduate students, this fee covers the total cost of food and accommodation during the workshop)
Funding: We will award three grants to pay for airplane tickets to graduate students coming from Latin America, outside Brazil.

Workshop contents include:

• Introduction to linear models, generalized linear models, mixed models and GLMMs
• Introduction to Bayesian statistical inference
• Introduction to BUGS and JAGS software
• Closed-population models and their relationship with open-population models
• Estimating abundance using traditional closed-population models
• Distance sampling and hierarchical distance sampling
• Estimating abundance from unmarked animals using N-mixture models
• Estimating abundance using spatial capture-recapture
• Modeling of animal movement using random walk state-space models

Most models will be implemented in a Bayesian framework and ample time will be given for solving exercises. Participants must have some experience in R or another programming language. We encourage participants to bring their own research problems for discussion during the workshop and welcome both new applicants and people who attended last year.

HOW TO APPLY: Send a CV and short letter describing former experience with ecological modeling and R (and possibly with BUGS software), as well as your main reasons for wanting to attend. This course is geared towards an audience of Latin American graduate students but we welcome applications from anywhere in the world. Please send materials by email to Silvana Barzotto at by 25 November 2014 and write “Hierarchical Modeling Workshop Application” in the subject of your message. Indicate the names and email addresses of two potential references and please let us know if you want to apply for a travel grant. We will review applications promptly and get back to you no later than November 30th, 2014. For more information please visit or write directly to
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