Integrated population modeling workshop | Melbourne Oct 2018

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Integrated population modeling workshop | Melbourne Oct 2018

Postby Michael Schaub » Fri May 04, 2018 8:09 am

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

Instructors: Michael Schaub & Marc Kéry, Swiss Ornithological Institute
José Lahoz-Monfort, University of Melbourne
Date: 22 – 26 October 2018
Venue: University of Melbourne, Australia
Computers: Bring your own laptop with latest R and JAGS
Registration: AUD 800 (normal rate), AUD 500 (student rate)

Integrated population models (IPMs) represent the powerful combination, in a single Leslie-type of model, of multiple data sources that are informative about the dynamics of an animal population (Besbeas et al. 2002; Schaub et al. 2007). Typical IPMs combine one or more time-series of counts with another data set that is directly informative about survival probabilities, such as ring-recovery or capture-recapture. However, many other sources of demographic information may be envisioned instead or in addition, including age-at-death data, occupancy or replicated point count data. Currently, for non-statisticians the only practical manner to develop and fit IPMs is by using BUGS software (JAGS, WinBUGS, OpenBUGS).
This course is a practical and hands-on introduction to developing and fitting integrated population models using BUGS software. It is based on the successful book by Kéry & Schaub, Bayesian Population Analysis using WinBUGS (Academic Press, 2012), which will be handed out as part of the course.
Beyond IPMs, the course also provides an in-depth introduction for ecologists and wildlife managers to a wide variety of models fit using BUGS software and as documented in the BPA 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 generalised linear models (GLM) and traditional random-effects models
2. Ingredients of Integrated Population Models:
• State-space models
• 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 3/4 of the time is spent on lecturing and 1/4 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 desirable.
Send your application to Michael Schaub (, with CC to Marc Kéry (; describing your background and knowledge in statistical modelling, R and WinBUGS/OpenBUGS/JAGS and capture-recapture, by 31 July 2018 at the latest. Workshop invitations will be sent out immediately afterwards.
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