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Modelling Biological Communities:

Multi-Species Occupancy Modelling with R and JAGS

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12-18 January 2017

Estimation of species richness or site similarity is difficult because detection is imperfect: not all species present are detected, and sample proportions depend on species' detectability as well as abundance. Estimates based on multi-species occupancy models (MSOMs) account for these observation errors. More...

This International Workshop on multi-species occupancy modelling will be led by Dr Marc Kéry of the Swiss Ornithological Institute. Marc is co-author of Applied hierarchical modeling in ecology, and the workshop will feature the concepts and materials in Chapter 11 of the book.

Venue: Akademi Hevea, part of the Rubber Research Institute complex, Sungai Buloh, close to Subang airport.

Dates: 12-14 and 16-18 Jan 2017, 6 days with a break on Sun 15 Jan.

Registration fee: MYR1400 (US$350), with an early-bird rate of MYR740 (US$190) for those who pay before 31 October 2016.

The registration fee includes all workshop materials, refreshments, and lunch. Participants should bring their own notebook computers. All software used is free of charge.

Accommodation: Accommodation at Akademi Hevea Lodge for 8 nights (check-in 11 Jan, check-out 19 Jan) costs MYR615 (US$155) per person for twin sharing or MYR955 (US$240) for single occupancy. This includes dinner, supper, and breakfast. Bookings must go through BCSS and GST is not applicable.


"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 of content are here. See also the Boot Camp approach to learning stats and Who we are.

We have three Boot Camps planned in the next few months:

1. Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 10-21 October 2016

This is being organised by the Sumatran Tiger Conservation Forum (HarimauKita). Details are on the HarimauKita web site here.
 


2. Kuching, Malaysia, 7-18 November 2016

Venue: Sama Jaya Nature Reserve, Kuching, Malaysia.

Dates: 7-9, 11-13 and 15-19 November 2016, 10 days with breaks on 10 and 14 November.

Registration fee: RM490, with an early-bird rate of RM290 for those who pay before 30 September 2016. BCSS is not registered for GST, so none will be levied.

The registration fee includes all workshop materials and refreshments. Participants should bring their own notebook computers. All software used is free of charge.

This workshop is now fully booked. Complete the form to be added to the waiting list.


3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 Nov-9 Dec 2016

Venue: Akademi Hevea, part of the Rubber Research Institute complex, Sungai Buloh, close to Subang airport.

Dates: 28-30 Nov, 2-4 and 6-9 Dec 2016, 10 days with breaks on 1 and 5 December.

Registration fee: MYR990 (US$255), with an early-bird rate of MYR780 (US$200) for those who pay before 30 September 2016. BCSS is not registered for GST, so none will be levied.

The registration fee includes all workshop materials, refreshments, and lunch. Participants should bring their own notebook computers. All software used is free of charge.

Accommodation: Accommodation at Akademi Hevea Lodge for 13 nights (check-in 27 Nov, check-out 10 Dec) costs MYR1010 (US$260) per person for twin sharing or MYR1560 (US$400) for single occupancy. This includes dinner, supper, and breakfast. Bookings must go through BCSS and GST is not applicable.

 


Specialist workshops

Bayesian analysis with JAGS and R

Bayesian analysis seems to be taking the world of ecological statistics by storm! Since 2009, more than 20 papers have appeared in the mainstream ecological literature (eg. Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Biological Conservation) which use Bayesian analysis methods and provide the code used to run the analysis in R or WinBUGS.

This workshop aims to get participants to the point where they can read and understand Bayesian analyses in the ecological literature, run the example code provided, and adapt it to suit their own models. Details of workshop content are here.

The next Bayesian analysis with JAGS workshop will likely be early in 2017.


Introduction to GIS with QGIS and R

Geographic information system (GIS) tools are essential today for understanding what is happening around us. A commonly used application is QGIS, which is free, open-source, cross-platform software that is constantly updated for greater performance.

QGIS works on Macs and Linux, but the facilitators only have experience with Windows.

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.

The next QGIS workshop in Malaysia will likely be early in 2017.


Charts and Graphs (in R)

Some types of charts can be drawn in spreadsheet software (eg. MS Excel or LibreOffice Calc), but R offers both a greater range of chart types and more flexibility in adjusting chart details to meet the demands of journal editors. We will focus on the powerful base graphics package in R, and only refer briefly to other add-in packages.

Details of topics to be covered are here.

The next Charts and Graphs workshop will be early 2017.


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.

We'll be using the R programming language, which is ideal for building models and simulating data. You'll get more out of this workshop if you are already familiar with R. More...

The next Simulations and Modelling workshop in Malaysia will be early 2017.

 

Updated 6 September 2016 by Mike Meredith