Species Occurrence/Occupancy Workshop, 21-24 April, WV, USA

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Species Occurrence/Occupancy Workshop, 21-24 April, WV, USA

Postby darryl » Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:16 pm

Darryl MacKenzie, Proteus Wildlife Research Consultants, NZ
Larissa Bailey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USA
Jim Hines, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USA

Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center
Shepherdstown, West Virginia


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

Please note that participants will have to provide they own laptop computer that is capable of running Windows-based software. This workshop is being run in conjunction with the US FWS where the course is titled /Population Viability Analysis IV: Modeling Occupancy for Conservation/. Interested participants may register via the FWS website (http://doilearn.doi.gov/training/classs ... pularity=1). For enquires about the course please email darryl@proteus.co.nz.
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