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Capture-Mark-Recapture (Online)

PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:58 pm
by jkennelly
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Research and management questions often focus on obtaining robust (i.e., unbiased and precise) estimates of various demographic parameters about wildlife populations. Estimates of abundance, density, population growth, state transition rates, and vital rates can provide valuable insights into changes to population status as well as their drivers. Among the most popular and diverse approaches to estimating such parameters includes a suite of sampling and analytical methods known as capture-mark-recpature (or several similar terms). This class will focus on providing a solid foundation to using these techniques to answer a broad range of ecological and management-related questions. We emphasize asking good questions, identifying appropriate sampling methods rooted in animal behavior and ecology, and choosing the right analytical techniques. With these in mind, we will analyze example datasets using both 'canned' (MARK) and command-line software (R) during online lectures and practical exercises.

DATES: Aug 30 - Sept 10, 2021

FORMAT: Students will take the course at their own pace over a 10-day period. The course is divided into discrete competency-based modules composed of pre-recorded lecture material and hands-on exercises. Students will interact with each other and the instructor by email, online discussion threads, and live Q&A. Each student will also have the opportunity over a 10-day period to meet with the instructor via video consultation to discuss course materials or their individual datasets.

PREREQUISITES: Introductory statistics; basic competence in R; familiarity with logistic regression, population ecology, and animal behavior.


COST: Early bird fee (ends May 20th): $600 professional / $500 student

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: Attendance at this course has been pre-approved by The Wildlife Society for 25.5 CEUs in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist® Renewal program and Category I of the Professional Development Certificate program. See our continuing education credit page for details:

UNDERGRADUATE OR GRADUATE CREDIT (OPTIONAL): College of the Atlantic (COA) will issue 1 semester credit (or 0.33 COA credit) to all participants who pay an additional fee of $150 and pass a final exam. COA credits can be used to meet academic requirements at your home institution and can be applied to your application to become an Associate or Certified Wildlife Biologist® through The Wildlife Society. See our academic credit page for more details:

SCHOLARSHIPS: Full and partial scholarships are available to participants from countries designated as “lower income” and “lower middle income” in the World Bank List of Economies. Please email us directly to apply:

CENTER FOR WILDLIFE STUDIES is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote wildlife conservation and education worldwide through research and specialized training.