Biodiversity Conservation Society Sarawak
Pertubuhan Konservasi Biodiversiti Sarawak
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"Boot Camp" in wildlife study design and data analysis

Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand, 13-24 August 2018

The 10-day "Boot Camp" is intended for those involved in wildlife research using techniques such as presence/absence surveys or mark-recapture - or those who need to understand the results of this research. More details are here. See also Who we are.

Following on from last year's Boot Camp at SUT, we have been invited back this year to run a Boot Camp. The workshop is now ... in progress!

Bayesian analysis with JAGS and R

UWICER Campus, Bumthang, Bhutan, 11-23 September 2018

We introduce Bayesian concepts in the Boot Camp, but to go beyond the simplest cases, you need to get to grips with JAGS software. Here we show how to use JAGS for typical analyses of wildlife data and provide skills to go further. Details of workshop content are here. Basic R skills are a prerequisite.

This workshop is organised by the Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER) at their Bumthang campus and targets applicants from SAARC member countries. Please check the UWICER page for more information.


Other specialist workshops for wildlife researchers

We ran a series of specialist workshops in Kuala Lumpur in March 2018, including Bayes with JAGS, Data Exploration and GIS with QGIS and R. Details are included on our Past Workshops page. We currently have no plans to run other specialist workshops; email stats.bcss@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting one.

Data Exploration and Display with R

Checking, organising and exploring the data are vital before starting on any analysis. Here we discuss the process from recording in the field to ready-to-use data in R and the presentation of the data and results using charts. Details of topics to be covered are here.

Introduction to GIS with QGIS and R

Geographic information system (GIS) tools are essential today for understanding what is happening around us. QGIS software is free, open-source, cross-platform software that is constantly updated for greater performance. This workshop is intended for those who want to learn the basics of GIS but do not have access to proprietary software. More details of the content are here.

Simulations and Modelling in R

Simulations are an important tool in study design. It enables you to explore different sample sizes and sampling strategies, to see how best to collect data to answer your research question. In addition, setting up simulations forces you to think through how the data might be generated, ie, to create a model of the system you are studying. More information here.

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Updated 19 August 2018 by Mike Meredith