Montepllier Workshop | State Uncertainty | 17-21 November

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Montepllier Workshop | State Uncertainty | 17-21 November

Postby egc » Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:16 am

Upcoming workshop on the analysis of capture-recapture data using multievent models at Center for Evolutionary and Functional Ecology (CEFE), Montpellier, France, 17-21 November 2008. The registration of participants will be at CEFE the 17 November on evening and will be followed by 3 days of lessons. The last day will be focus on the practical work on the participants' data.

You are hereby cordially invited to take part in the following workshop:


organized by the Biometry and Population Biology team of CEFE in Montpellier (France)

The estimation of population parameters (survival, recruitment, dispersal, and population growth rate) is critical to many areas of fundamental and applied biology. The major source of data for such estimation comes from observations of marked animals. This workshop will deal with recent advances in the analysis of such data. The content is aimed at providing the participants with a solid background in the philosophy, theory and practice for the analysis of data from marked animals, with, for the first time, a specific focus on multievent data and models. Multievent capture-recapture models are a natural generalization of the multisite recapture models. Similarly, individuals are sampled on discrete occasions, at which they may be captured or not. However, contrary to the multisite case, uncertainty in the assessment of state such as breeder, diseased or highly catchable can be incorporated into the analysis. Conceptually, it is not states that are observed but rather something dubbed an "event," which reflects to some extent the underlying state (breeding activity, a positive blood test or just encounter). The presence of imperfect observation and the lack of information in individual quality presently make multievent models an invaluable tool for population biology. Emphasis will be placed on stringent procedures for building and selecting the most appropriate models for the data set at hand, in order to be able to draw reliable biological conclusions.

Format of the workshop will be a combination of lectures and computer lab exercises with the programs E-SURGE and U-CARE. ( ). U-CARE incorporates recently developed goodness-of-fit tests for multistate models, and E-SURGE makes the building of complex models easy based on a language describing the structure of models in a compact and user-friendly way. All lectures and course material will be in English.

It is our hope that participants will bring their own capture-recapture data to work on them during the workshop. To take full advantage of the workshop, it is expected that the participants will have some basic practice of the analysis of CR data.

Teachers: Roger Pradel, Jean-Dominique Lebreton, Olivier Gimenez, Rémi Choquet and Lauriane Rouan.

Participants will have to provide they own laptop computer that is capable of running Windows-based software. The registration fee for the workshop is 600 Euros (400 Euros for students). It covers participation, lunches and social events, but not accommodation.
If you plan to attend, you must fill-in the information form ( ... ations.pdf, ... ations.doc) and contact Rémi CHOQUET <> before registering because the number of participants will be limited.

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Roger Pradel, Jean-Dominique Lebreton, Olivier Gimenez, Lauriane Rouan and Rémi Choquet
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Postby hilit » Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:33 pm

If i am using POPAN, is this workshop also suitable for me?
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