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Biodiversity Conservation Society Sarawak
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.
 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 7-18 January 2019

Venue: Sunway University, Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. The University is located in Bandar Sunway, and is close to the BRT line which connects to KTM Komuter trains at Setia Jaya and the Kelana Jaya LRT line at USJ 7. Parking on campus is limited, but there is a multi-storey car park a few minutes walk away.

Dates: Mon 7 - Fri 18 January 2019, with rest days on Thur 10 and Mon 14 January.

Registration fee: RM490, with an early-bird rate of RM310 for those who pay before 15 November 2018.

The registration fee includes all workshop materials and refreshments. Participants should bring their own notebook computers. All software used is free of charge. Note that lunch is not included: there are two canteens on the campus.

This workshop is now fully booked and the waiting list is closed too.


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 Dec 2018 by Mike Meredith