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.
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.
Akademi Hevea, part of the Rubber Research
Institute complex, Sungai Buloh, close to Subang airport.
12-14 and 16-18 Jan 2017, 6 days with a break on Sun 15 Jan.
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
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
bird registration closes on 15 Jan 2017.
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
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
The next Bayesian analysis with JAGS workshop
will be a 10-day event organised by the
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
More details of the content are
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
Details of topics to be covered are
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.
The next Simulations and Modelling workshop
in Malaysia will be early 2017.