Training Courses

Modelling Patterns and Dynamics of Species Occurrence - Invermay

27 November - 1 December 2017
Agresearch's Invermay Campus, near Mosgiel, New Zealand

Darryl I. MacKenzie


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 modeling, 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 modeling 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.

The first four days will comprise of formal lectures and exercises, and the final morning will be an informal discussion/consulting session where participants can work on their own data, talk one-on-one with the instructor, etc. A draft agenda is available here.

The course fee is NZD$900 for registrations received before 1 November 2017, and NZD$1000 thereafter. The course fee includes lunch and refreshments, but excludes other meals and accommodation.

Participants will have to provide their own laptop computer that is capable of running Windows-based software. A list of other requirements is available here.

The course will be limited to 20 participants.

If coming from further afield, why not stay and attend the SEEM 2017 Conference - Statistics in Ecology and Environmental Monitoring, 6-8 December 2017, Queenstown, New Zealand.

About the instructor: Darryl MacKenzie is an internationally renowned biometrician, and was first author of the seminal paper on occupancy modelling while accounting for imperfect detection (MacKenzie et al., 2002), and many subsequent papers on the general topic.

Course Fee: NZD$900.00 excludes meals and accommodation
Limited to 20 places

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