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MSOM Workshop

International workshop

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).

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.

Registrations are closed.

"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.

Xishuangbanna, China, 30 March - 10 April 2017

This will be a post-conference event in connection with the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation Asia-Pacific Chapter (ATBC-AP) meeting on 25-28 March 2017 at Xishunagbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) in Yunnan, China.

Registration is handled by the Conference organisers, and priority will go to those attending the main ATBC-AP meeting. Some places may be available to those not attending the main meeting; if you want to attend the Boot Camp but not the main meeting, see the link here.

Go to the web page for the ATBC-AP meeting, where you will find links to the details of the Boot Camp and to the registration page. If you have trouble accessing the MS Word document with the Boot Camp details, a PDF version is here. Early bird registration closes on 15 Jan 2017.

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 be a 10-day event organised by the Conservation Ecology Program at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) from 3 to 14 July 2017. The content will be an extension of the usual 5-day workshop; details will be available in late January.

If you are interested in joining this workshop, please contact Dr Dusit Ngoprasert: ndusit_at_gmail_dot_com.

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 late 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 15 Jan 2017 by Mike Meredith