Species Occurrence Workshops 2008: Scotland and France

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Species Occurrence Workshops 2008: Scotland and France

Postby darryl » Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:44 pm

Modelling Patterns and Dynamics of Species Occurrence Workshop

Montpellier, France: 25-28 March 2008
Instructors: Darryl MacKenzie, Jim Nichols and Jim Hines
Early Bird Fee (<18 Feb 2008): 730 EUR, 600 EUR for registered students
Late Fee (>18 Feb 2008): 780 EUR, 650 EUR for registered students

St. Andrews, Scotland: 31 March-3 April 2008
Instructors: Darryl MacKenzie, Jim Hines and Larissa Bailey
Early Bird Fee (<18 Feb 2008): 525GBP, 425 GBP for registered students
Late Fee (>18 Feb 2008): 575GBP, 475 GBP for registered students

The presence or absence of a species across a set of landscape units is a fundamental concept widely used in ecology (e.g., species range or distribution, epidemiology, habitat modelling, resource selection probability functions, as a monitoring metric, metapopulation studies, biodiversity and species co-occurrence). An important sampling issue, however, is that a species may not always be detected when present at a landscape unit. This will result in "false absences" causing parameter estimates to be biased if unaccounted for, possibly leading to misleading results and conclusions, even with moderate levels of imperfect detection.

This workshop will cover many of the latest methods for modelling patterns and dynamics of species occurrence in a landscape while accounting for the imperfect detection of the species. Participants will be introduced to available software through worked examples, and there will be special emphasis on aspects of study design. While primarily aimed at the beginner and intermediate level, more experienced researchers will also benefit from attending. Topics to be covered include:
 single-season occupancy models for patterns in species occurrence
 multiple-season occupancy models for dynamic of species occurrence
 study design and it’s influence on the interpretation of ‘occupancy’
 species co-occurrence models
 community-level applications
 multi-state occupancy models
 integrated modelling of habitat and species occurrence dynamics

To register for the Montpellier course go to: http://www.cefe.cnrs.fr/BIOM/occupancy2008/Default.htm

To register for the St Andrews course go to:
http://www.creem.st-and.ac.uk/ocs/index ... ndex/index

Participants will have to provide they own laptop computer that is capable of running Windows-based software.

For any course enquires please contact Darryl@proteus.co.nz.
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