[MARMAM] Distance sampling workshops, St. Andrews Scotland, August 2008
ericr at mcs.st-and.ac.uk
Thu Mar 13 02:26:54 PDT 2008
The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
(CREEM) is hosting two linked workshops 19-27 August 2008 in our
purpose-built facilities at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.
The aim of these workshops is to train participants in the latest
methods for design and analysis of distance sampling surveys, including
line and point transects. The workshops are taught by leading
researchers in the field, using industry-standard software.
The first workshop (3.5 days 19-22 Aug.) will run at an introductory
level, and will focus on "conventional" distance sampling methods, as
described in the standard reference book Introduction to Distance
Sampling. The workshop will be a blend of theory and practice and
participants will learn how to use the program Distance. Participants
will gain a solid grounding in both survey design and methods of
analysis for distance sampling surveys.
The second workshop (3 days 25-27 Aug.) will cover recent advances in
distance sampling research and software, as described in the book
Advanced Distance Sampling. It is intended for those already familiar
with conventional distance sampling methods (e.g., those who have
attended an introductory workshop). Participants will learn the use of
covariates for modelling the detection function, double-platform methods
for when detection at the line or point is not certain, automated survey
design and adaptive sampling. Participants will also learn the more
advanced features of Distance.
For all three workshops, participants are encouraged to bring their own
data sets, and can expect to do some preliminary analyses with their
data. Participants intending to model their own data in the third
workshop will be required to have it formatted according to precise
specifications prior to arrival at St. Andrews. Computer sessions take
place in our modern computer classroom (attached to the seminar room);
participants can use our computers or bring their own laptop computers.
For further information, please consult our website
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