Occupancy Modeling (Online)

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Occupancy Modeling (Online)

Postby jkennelly » Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:05 pm

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Species presence/absence is a fundamental concept used in many areas of ecology (e.g., species distributions, habitat modeling, monitoring, and metapopulation studies), however imperfect detection can lead to false absences. Unaccounted for false absences can lead to misleading inferences about patterns and dynamics of species occurrence and the factors that influence them. We will learn methods for accounting for imperfect detection with species detection/non-detection data, and also discuss important study design considerations. Exercises are completed using Program PRESENCE and R.

DATES: August 16-30, 2021

FORMAT: 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 (15:00-18:00 EDT on Aug 17, 19, 24, 26, 30). Each student will also have the opportunity during the final group discussion to ask questions that pertain to their individual projects. Participants may also schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. MacKenzie several weeks after the course is over at $200/hr.

PREREQUISITES: This course is for those with no, or little, experience with occupancy modeling, but more experienced users may also benefit from attending. Familiarity with regression, logistic regression, or generalized linear modeling would be advantageous. Suggested readings for the course:

MacKenzie, D. I., Nichols, J. D., Lachman, G. B., Droege, S., Royle, J. A., & Langtimm, C. A. (2002). Estimating site occupancy rates when detection probabilities are less than one. Ecology, 83(8):2248–2255.

MacKenzie, D. I., Nichols, J. D., Royle, J. A., Pollock, K. H., Bailey, L. L., & Hines, J. E. (2006). Occupancy estimation and modeling: inferring patterns and dynamics of species occurrence. Elsevier.

SIGN UP HERE: https://www.centerforwildlifestudies.org/courses/occupancy-online-2021

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: https://www.centerforwildlifestudies.org/ce-info

UNDERGRADUATE OR GRADUATE CREDIT (OPTIONAL): College of the Atlantic (COA) will issue 1 semester credits (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: https://www.centerforwildlifestudies.org/course-credit-information

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: info@centerforwildlifestudies.org

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.
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