[MARMAM] Ecological Modeling workshop

Mark Baumgartner mbaumgartner at whoi.edu
Mon Oct 5 07:01:21 PDT 2009


Colleagues,

Space is running out in the upcoming one-day "Ecological Modeling for  
Marine Mammalogists" workshop to be held on Sunday, October 11,  
immediately prior to the 18th Biennial Conference on the Biology of  
Marine Mammals in Québec City.  Registrations will be capped at 150  
participants, so please pre-register now for the workshop at

http://www.marinemammalscience.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=361&Itemid=214

We currently have room for about 30 more people.  If we reach 150  
participants before the 11th, we will not accept walk-in registrations.

The workshop will be held in the Québec City Convention Center, room  
301AB, and it will begin at 8:30 am sharp.  The registration fee is  
$30 US or $35 CAN (note higher registration fee in Canadian dollars to  
accommodate exchange rate).  Cash or a check drawn on a U.S. bank will  
be acceptable.  Registration will begin at 8:00 am.  The agenda for  
the workshop is as follows:

08:00 Registration opens
08:30 Welcome
08:40 Introductory Session
10:40 Coffee break
11:00 Presence-only Session
12:30 Lunch
13:45 Movement Session
15:15 Poster Forum (coffee/snack break)
16:30 Workshop ends

The Introductory Session will present the fundamentals of marine  
mammal ecological modeling, including talks about the purpose of  
modeling (Ed Gregr, SciTech Consulting), environmental data (Daniel  
Palacios, Southwest Fisheries Science Center), and modeling methods  
(Ben Best, Duke University)

The Presence-only Session will explore techniques to model marine  
mammal habitat with common presence-only data, such as acoustic  
detections or non-standardized survey results (e.g., whale watching or  
historical sighting data).  The speakers for this session are Melissa  
Soldevilla (Duke University) and Derek Tittensor (Dalhousie University).

The Movement Session will tackle the latest methods for exploring  
relationships between marine mammals and the environment using  
movement data (e.g., satellite tracking data).  The speakers for this  
session are Robert Schick (Duke University) and Eli Gurarie  
(University of Helsinki).

Finally, our Poster Forum will offer participants a chance to meet and  
talk with colleagues that are working on similar problems and facing  
similar challenges.  Eleven posters will be presented to stimulate  
discussion and explore new ideas about ecological modeling.

Hope to see you in Québec City!

Workshop Organizing Committee:
Mark Baumgartner (mbaumgartner at whoi.edu)
Ed Gregr
Ellen Hines
Kristin Kaschner
Kristin Laidre
Daniel Palacios
Kathy Vigness Raposa

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