[MARMAM] Introductory distance sampling training 12-23April 2021; registration now open

Eric Rexstad er26 at st-andrews.ac.uk
Sun Jan 31 23:55:13 PST 2021

*Interactive introductory distance sampling training*

The University of St Andrews has been training marine mammalogists in 
design and analysis of distance sampling studies for decades.  Distance 
sampling methodology is widely used for population assessment of a 
variety of cetacean and pinniped species. 🐬

We are offering the training workshop in 10 2.5-hour blocks in 
mid-April.  You will be invited to interact in short lectures on 
distance sampling principles. 👩‍🎓 Exercises analysing data sets in R 
will reinforce those principles and the lecturer will be available to 
assist during the practical session via screen sharing.  The block will 
conclude with a summary of the exercise and question/answer session for 
both lecture and exercise. 💻 You can participate in polls during the 
workshop to assess your comprehension of topics discussed. 🤔 In 
addition to questions at any time during the lectures and practicals, an 
optional additional half hour will be set aside each session for 
discussion. 🗣

The workshop will be delivered using Zoom web conferencing software 
along with R-Studio "in the cloud".☁️ You will need (free) accounts for 
both pieces of software. I encourage you to experiment with Zoom (at 
https://zoom.us) and https://rstudio.cloud before the course begins. 
👩‍💻  There will be an internet connection testing session prior to the 
first meeting on 12 April.

Companion online training workshops

We are planning an additional advanced distance sampling workshops in 
August 2021 (imperfect detection on the transect workshop and spatial 
modelling workshop).  These workshops will require knowledge of basic 
distance sampling principles derived from this introductory training 

Important details

  *      Workshop dates and time:  12-23 April 2021; 1500-1730 Greenwich
    Mean Time. For the time of day in your zone, consult
  *      Registration deadline: 23 March 2021📅
  *      Enrolment limit: 15
  *      Cost: 215 British pounds 💵
  *      What is included: Lectures, exercises, code, data all available

What they are saying

I would like to say I really liked RStudio Cloud and it is working just 
fine and I am really enjoying using it as a student. I'm looking forward 
to using it as an instructor too. I really liked the first half of the 
course. I love distance sampling and I am enjoying every second of the 
course! The only thing I can say about this particular workshop is it 
deserves more time. -- Kaan Özgencil, PhD student, Department of 
Biological Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

Further details are available:


At this page you will find a link to the St Andrews online shop where 
payment is made.  After registration, I will contact you with additional 
details regarding workshop electronic materials, etc.

Feel free to contact me with questions. Please share this notice with 
interested colleagues.

Information regarding all distance sampling workshops can be found at


Eric Rexstad
Centre for Ecological and Environmental Modelling
University of St Andrews
St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland SC013532

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