Workshop – Counting Critters, Florida, Oct 2005

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Workshop – Counting Critters, Florida, Oct 2005

Postby Len Thomas » Thu Sep 01, 2005 4:17 am

Workshop – Counting Critters: An Introduction to Estimating Animal Abundance and Distance Sampling

16-21 October 2005, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, Florida

This five-day workshop will introduce participants to the most important methods of estimating animal abundance in a rigorous but accessible way. In the first half of the workshop, we cover plot sampling, distance sampling, mark-recapture and removal methods. We explain the common key statistical concepts underlying the methods, use custom-written simulation software to understand how the methods work, and discuss which method to use when. In the second half, we focus on distance sampling in more detail. We discus practical issues such as use of the software Distance, field methods and survey design.

The workshop is aimed at anyone who needs to estimate wildlife density or abundance, and is taught by leading researchers from the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

For more details, please see or contact Rhona Rodger, Workshop Organizer, CREEM, University of St Andrews, The Observatory, St. Andrews, Scotland KY16 9LZ. Tel:+44 1334 461842. Fax: +44 1334 461800. Email:
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