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

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.

Bhutan, 25 Sept - 6 Oct 2019

This is organised by the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER) and targets researchers from SAARC countries.

Venue: The UWICER campus at Lamai Goempa Bumthang (7 hours’ drive from Thimphu).

Dates: Travel to Bumthang is arranged for 24 Sept and you will need to be in Thimpu on 22 or early 23 Sept to complete formalities before travel. The return to Thimpu will be on 7 Oct.

Registration: Details and links to the application form are here.

Applications now closed. Fully booked.

Thailand, Suranaree University of Technology, 19-30 August

Venue: Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Dates: Mon 19 to Fri 30 Aug, with rest days on Thur 22 Aug and Mon 26 Aug.

Registration deposit: A deposit of US$50 (TBT1500) is required to confirm your booking. This will be refunded on completion of the workshop.

Registration includes all workshop materials and refreshments, but not lunch. Participants should bring their own notebook computers. All software used is free of charge.

Applications now closed. Fully booked.

Accommodation: Free accommodation will be available at the Sakaerat Environmental Research Station (SERS). It is 60 km from the university and free transportation is provided to the venue each day.

The workshop will be conducted in English.


The Pre-ATBC-AP Boot Camp in Sri Lanka in August did not receive enough applications to be viable.

Further Boot Camps are being planned in India, Tanzania and Indonesia. Details will be posted here as soon as available.

Other specialist workshops for wildlife researchers

In 2018, we ran workshops on Simulations and Modelling, 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 workshops@bcss.org.my if you are interested in hosting one.

Note that all these workshops focus on techniques used for terrestrial vertebrates; they can usually be modified for use with invertebrates or plants, or for aquatic systems, but our examples will be for terrestrial systems.

Simulations and Modelling in R

Simulations are an important tool for wildlife biologists when designing a study. 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.

Bayesian analysis with JAGS and R

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.

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.

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Updated 17 Aug 2019 by Mike Meredith