[MARMAM] Distance Sampling Workshop. Univ. St. Andrews August 2013

Lindesay Scott-Hayward lass at st-and.ac.uk
Thu Nov 22 08:21:16 PST 2012

The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
(CREEM) is hosting two linked workshops in the summer of 2013 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 (20-23 August) will run at an introductory level, and
will focus on distance sampling methods, largely 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.  Note that we
have moved the 'automated survey design' and 'incorporating covariates in
detection function' from the advanced workshop into the introductory

The advanced distance sampling workshop (26-29 August) will include
advanced treatment of:  analyses in which detectability on the transect
line is not assumed to be perfect (the so-called g(0) problem) and spatial
(or  density surface) modelling. We will also showcase a series of new R
packages we have developed for performing standard as well as sophisticated
analyses in R. The aim of this workshop is to bring participants up to date
with the latest developments in distance sampling methods and software. It
is also an opportunity for those actively engaged in the design, analysis
and execution of distance sampling surveys to discuss common issues and
problems, and set future research directions. The workshop will be a
combination of lectures and computer sessions, with considerable time for

For all workshops, participants are encouraged to bring their own data
sets, and can expect to do some preliminary analyses with their data.
Computer sessions take place in our modern computer classroom (attached to
the seminar room); participants can use our computers or bring their own

Additional details regarding the workshop can be found at our website

Lindesay Scott-Hayward
Research Fellow
Centre for Research into Ecological and
Environmental Modelling (CREEM),
The Observatory, University of St Andrews,
Fife KY16 9LZ  Scotland
Tel: +44 (0) 1334 461824

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland : No
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