[MARMAM] Bayesian Capture-Recapture workshop at 2017 SMM conference

Krista Nicholson krista.e.nicholson at gmail.com
Thu Aug 10 06:51:08 PDT 2017

Dear MARMAM'ers,

We are pleased to announce a Bayesian Capture-Recapture (CR) workshop at
the upcoming 2017 Biennial SMM Conference. This is a full-day workshop held
on Sunday, October 29, 2017, 08:00-17:00. This workshop is run in response
to recent advances in CR modelling showing that there are number of
advantages in implementing Bayesian CR models over other popular methods.
These advantages will be highlighted and discussed throughout the workshop.

The workshop will include an introduction to Bayesian theory and
beginner/intermediate tutorials on R and JAGS. JAGS is the popular and
flexible Bayesian scripting language that can code CR models and much more!
The workshop is suitable for students, researchers, professors, veteran
program MARK users, and anyone who is already familiar with CR and would
like to learn how to implement Bayesian CR models. Intermediate familiarity
with R and CR is expected.

Outline of the workshop: i) Bayesian philosophy; ii) introduction to the
BUGS/JAGS language; iii-v) practical tutorials to implement common CR
models for cetaceans (POPAN, PCRD, individual-covariate models); vi)
Bayesian model-selection; vii) Hierarchical Bayesian models; viii)
open-session to be determined by pre-workshop participant outreach (spatial
capture-recapture, cloud-computing and high-performance computing,

You can register for this workshop online at the conference website

We welcome participants to express their interest in any particular topics
to be covered or discussed during the workshop and invite questions on and
submissions of difficult data sets, which we may be able to work on and
discuss in the workshop.

If you have any inquiries about the workshop or its content, please do not
hesitate to contact Dr. Robert Rankin at robertw.rankin at gmail.com.

All the best,

Dr. Robert Ranking and Krista Nicholson
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