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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.

Up-coming Boot Camps

Kuching, Sarawak, 19-30 June 2018

This will be a pre-conference workshop in conjunction with the ATBC 2018 meeting. As such, priority will be given to those attending the main meeting. Please go to the ATBC2018 web site for more details and links to the registration form.

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

Following on from last year's Boot Camp at SUT, we have been invited back this year to run a Boot Camp. If you are interested in come to this, please contact Dr Colin Strine, Colin underscore Strine at sut dot ac dot th.

We are also planning a workshop in Bhutan in September, which may be either a Boot Camp or a more advanced workshop. Details still have to worked out.


Specialist workshops for wildlife researchers

Bayesian analysis with JAGS and R, KMUTT, Thailand, 19-30 July 2018

This is being organised by the Conservation Ecology Program at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT). If you are interested, please contact Dr Dusit Ngoprasert, ndusit at gmail dot com.

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. Basic R skills are a prerequisite.

Kuala Lumpur, 4 - 10 March, with a break on 7 March (6 days)

RM210 up to 15 Jan; thereafter RM315.

Places still available but don't delay!

Data Exploration and Display with in 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.

Kuala Lumpur, 12 - 15 March (4 days)

RM140 up to 15 Jan; thereafter RM210.

Places still available but don't delay!

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.

Kuala Lumpur, 17 - 23 March, with a break on 20 March (6 days)

RM210 up to 15 Jan; thereafter RM315.

A couple of places now available -- register now (and ignore the wait list comments).

Venue: ATCEN Training Centre, Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya. The Centre is a few minutes walk from the Taman Bahagia LRT station.

Registration fees include refreshments and materials, not lunch. One registration form for all three workshops.


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...

Currently we have no plans for the next Simulations and Modelling workshop; email stats.bcss@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting one.

Updated 19 Feb 2018 by Mike Meredith