IPM workshop | July-August 2023 Missoula (Montana)

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IPM workshop | July-August 2023 Missoula (Montana)

Postby Michael Schaub » Wed Feb 08, 2023 11:40 am

Intermediate-level workshop (in person only)
Bayesian integrated population modelling (IPM) using JAGS

Instructors: Michael Schaub(1), Marc Kéry(1), Dan Gibson(2), Thomas Riecke(3)
1) Population Biology Research Unit, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, Switzerland
2) Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
3) Wildlife Biology Program, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA


Date: 31 July – 4 August 2023

Venue: W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, Missoula

Computers: Bring your own laptop with latest R and JAGS

Registration: USD $637, USD $937 for graduate credit (2 credits) from the University of Montana

Integrated population models (IPMs) represent the powerful combination, typically around a single matrix population model, of multiple data sources that are informative about the dynamics of an animal population. Typical IPMs combine one or more time-series of counts with other data sets that are directly informative about survival probabilities, such as ring-recovery or capture-recapture, or about productivity, such as nest survey data. However, many other sources of demographic information may be envisioned instead or in addition, including age-at-death data, radio tracking data, occupancy or replicated point count data. For non-statisticians the only practical manner to develop and fit IPMs is by using BUGS software (JAGS and Nimble). This course is a practical and hands-on introduction to developing and fitting integrated population models. It is based on the new book by Schaub & Kéry, Integrated Population Models (Academic Press, 2022), which all attendees will receive.
Beyond IPMs, the course also provides a broad introduction for ecologists and wildlife managers to a wide variety of models fit using BUGS software and as documented in the IPM book.

Contents include the following topics:
1. Basic introduction:
• Hierarchical models as an overarching theme of population modelling, including IPMs
• Bayesian analysis of hierarchical models
• Introduction to BUGS software in the context of GLMs and traditional random-effects models
2. Ingredients of Integrated Population Models:
• State-space models for time-series of counts
• Cormack-Jolly-Seber models for estimating survival probabilities
• Multistate capture-recapture models for estimating survival and transition probabilities
3. Integrated Population Models (IPMs)
• Introduction to matrix population models and their analysis with BUGS
• Theory of integrated population models
• Various case studies which differ in complexity and in the data types that are combined

In this intermediate-level workshop about 80% of the time is spent on lecturing and 20% on solving exercises. No previous experience with BUGS software, or Bayesian statistics, is assumed. However, a good working knowledge of modern regression methods (linear models, GLMs) and of program R is required. Moreover, a basic understanding of capture-recapture and/or occupancy models is highly desirable.

Send your application to Michael Schaub (michael.schaub@vogelwarte.ch), with CC to Marc Kéry (marc.kery@vogelwarte.ch); describing your background and knowledge in statistical modelling, R and JAGS/Nimble, and capture-recapture, by 30 April 2023 at the latest. Workshop invitations will be sent out immediately afterwards.
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