[MARMAM] Online Training Course - An Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) In The Marine Environment, 15th - 18th February 2021

cdmacleod at gisinecology.com cdmacleod at gisinecology.com
Mon Feb 1 00:17:04 PST 2021

New Online Training Course - An Introduction To Species Distribution 
Modelling (SDM) In The Marine Environment, 15th - 18th February 2021

Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) can be used to predict a species 
distribution across a wide area from more limited set of survey data. As 
a result, it has become an integral part of many marine mammal 
conservation and management strategies. However, implementing an SDM 
project in a biological meaningful way is not always as easy as it at 
first seems.

_GIS In Ecology_ will be holding a new online training course on Species 
Distribution Modelling in the Marine Environment between the 24th and 
27th of August 2020. It will be held using the Zoom video-conferencing 
platform, and will consist of four three-hour sessions. One session will 
need to be completed each day. However, you will have a choice of 
completing it between 10:00 and 13:00 Greenwich Mean Time (primarily for 
those living in Europe, Asia and Africa) or 18:00 to 21:00 Greenwich 
Mean Time (primarily for those living in North and South America). This 
choice of time slots for each session allows participants from as wide a 
range of time zones to participate in the course.

Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 24 people in each session. 
The fees for this course are GBP 250 per person (with a discounted rate 
of GBP 195 for students, the unwaged and those working for registered 
charities). To book a place on it, or for more information, visit  the 
course's dedicated webpage at 
  Alternatively, you can email info at GISinEcology.com with the subject 
line Introductory Online SDM Course February 2021.

This course will be taught by Dr Colin D. MacLeod, the author of _An 
Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) Using QGIS and R_ 
[1] and a renowned expert in using species distribution modelling in the 
marine environment. It is aimed at those who want to learn how to 
integrate GIS into their species distribution modelling projects. The 
course assumes that you have at least a basic knowledge of GIS.

Each three-hour session will consist of a background talk covering a 
specific topic, followed by practical exercises based on instructions 
from one of our workbooks. While you are encouraged to remain online 
during the practical sessions, you can choose to go off-line as you work 
though the exercises (or if you need to take a break). However, if you 
have any questions, the course instructor will be available for you to 
ask any questions you wish at any point.

Species distribution modelling (also known as habitat modelling, 
predictive habitat modelling, ecological niche modelling, habitat 
suitability modelling and essential habitat modelling) is becoming 
increasingly widely used in marine biology. This course aims to provide 
an introduction to the concept and practical application of species 
distribution modelling (SDM) in the marine environment, and how to 
integrate species distribution modelling with GIS. This includes 
selection of environmental variables, the creation of raster data layers 
of environmental variables in a GIS-based environment, processing survey 
data in GIS, creating spatial visualisations and predictions from SDMs, 
and validating the predictive ability of SDMs. The practical sessions 
will involve working through a complete SDM project using an existing 
data set from start to finish, including creating an SDM using 
Generalised Additive Modelling (GAM). This means you do not need have 
your own data to attend. The practical sessions will be conducted in 
QGIS (our recommended option) or ArcGIS, and R (but no prior experience 
with R is required).

When you attend this course you will receive a free copy of _An 
Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) Using QGIS And R 
(GIS For Biologists Workbooks) _ [1]as the practical exercises in that 
course are based on the ones contained in that book.

At the end of the course, all attendees will receive a certificate of 
attendance and completion. Each certificate is embossed with the GIS In 
Ecology official stamp to prevent its fraudulent reproduction. In 
addition, each certificate has its own unique identification number that 
we will record, along with your name, meaning that we can verify the 
authenticity of the certificates we issue (and the course you have 
completed) on request.

To attend this course, you must have your own laptop computer with an 
appropriate GIS software package installed on it. Our recommended GIS 
software for this course is the freely available QGIS software. For 
those wishing to use QGIS, you will need to download and install QGIS 
2.8.3 (for those using Windows computers) or 2.8.4 (for those using 
Macs) rather than the latest version. The best way to download the 
correct version of QGIS for this course is to use the links on our GIS 
For Biologists webpage, which can be found here [2].

In addition, you will also need to have spreadsheet software, such as 
Excel, on your computer. Finally, you will also need a working copy of 
the free statistical software package called R. This can be downloaded 
from here.

GIS IN ECOLOGY - Providing Training, Advice And Consultancy On The Use 
Of GIS In Ecology

Web: www.GISinEcology.com [3] Email: info at GISinEcology.com

Need to ask a question about using GIS? Try the GIS In Ecology Forum: 
www.GISinEcology.com/GIS_in_Ecology_forum.htm [4]

Books From GIS In Ecology Staff:

GIS For Biologists: A Practical Introduction For Undergraduates; RRP: 
An Introduction To Integrating QGIS And R For Spatial Analysis; RRP: 
An Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) Using QGIS And 
R; RRP: £19:99

If you wish to purchase these books, visit: 

To help the environment, please do not print out this email unless it is 

[2] http://gisinecology.com/gis-for-biologists/
[3] http://www.GISinEcology.com
[4] http://www.GISinEcology.com/GIS_in_Ecology_forum.htm
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