III Porto Alegre Hierarchical Modeling Workshop
Site-Occupancy and Species Distribution Models for Ecologists
Date: October 9-15, 2016
Lecturers: Marc Kéry, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, Switzerland
David Miller, Penn State University, University Park, USA
Gonçalo Ferraz, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Teach. Assistants: Ulisses Camargo, University of Helsinki, Finland
Courtney Davis, Penn State University, University Park, USA
Murilo Guimarães, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Nicolas Strebel, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, Switzerland
Location: Pousada Haras Cambará, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Organization: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia, Instituto de Biociências,
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), with support from the
Swiss Ornithological Institute, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, and the
Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
Course Fee: R$1200, covering lectures and handouts, food and accommodation
for the whole week. Five bonus slots (reduced fee of R$250) will be available
and distributed to graduate students on a merit basis.
Attendance: 25 Participants max.
This workshop is the third in a series of Porto Alegre Hierarchical Modeling Workshops for Ecologists, started in 2014. Each year we focus on a particular modeling topic and the theme for 2016 is site-occupancy modeling with particular emphasis on species distribution modeling. The workshop will open with a one-day introduction to linear, generalized linear and mixed models, and their implementation in the Bayesian and likelihood framework. From day two on, we turn our attention to the modeling of species distributions, focusing on the powerful site-occupancy models, which deal explicitly with measurement errors in species detection/non-detection data. We first study the basic MacKenzie et al. (2002) static model, and then develop a range of variations on the basic theme, with particular attention to dynamic occupancy models, mis-identification models, and spatial models of species distribution. A large part of the content will draw on three successful applied statistics books co-authored by Marc Kéry and published by Academic Press (2010, 2012, and 2016). Most models will be implemented in a Bayesian framework, but we will show likelihood implementations, too, especially in the user-friendly R package unmarked. Ample time will be given for solving exercises, which will require some experience in R. We encourage participants to bring their own research problems for discussion during the workshop; both new and returning applicants are welcome.
HOW TO APPLY: Visit http://www.ferrazlab.org/workshops and use the application form link to send us a CV and short letter describing former experience with ecological modeling and R (and possibly with BUGS software). Please also tell us your main reasons for wanting to attend and whether you want to apply for a bonus slot. This course is geared towards an audience of Latin American graduate students but we welcome applications from anywhere in the world. Please send your application no later than June 30th; we will get back to you until July 5th. For more information please visit http://www.ferrazlab.org/workshops or write directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.