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. We have started putting this course on-line: the first part of the course is
Still plenty of topics not yet covered: feel free to give your
ideas on what should be the priorities in the comments.
Covid-19: All plans for workshops are on hold for the moment.We will move forward with plans when in-country conditions are
suitable for face-to-face gatherings and international travel is
feasible and low-risk.
We have considered the possibility of an
on-line version of the Boot Camp, but concluded that without
interpersonal interaction, including during breaks and evenings, it
would not be much fun. And what's the use of a Boot Camp that isn't
"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.
Specialist workshops for
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.
Announcements of GIS and JAGS workshops are at the top of this page. We
currently have no plans to run other specialist workshops; email
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.
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. Our plans for
the workshop in Kuala Lumpur are on hold.
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
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