[MARMAM] Distance sampling workshops, St. Andrews Scotland, August 2008

Eric Rexstad 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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