[MARMAM] Spring distance sampling workshop series - registration open

Len Thomas len.thomas at st-andrews.ac.uk
Mon Apr 4 14:42:25 PDT 2022

Distance sampling is a survey technique widely used to estimate the 
density and abundance of marine mammal populations, and other taxa.  The 
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling are 
pleased to announce that we will be running 2 live online workshops this 
May on aspects of distance sampling.  Registration is now open.  The 
workshops are:

- Practical design and simulation to optimise distance sampling surveys, 
9-12 May 2022.  Good survey design is critical to get the most out of 
marine mammal distance sampling surveys, which typically involve high 
field costs.  Simulation is an inexpensive way to investigate design 
alternatives and optimize at the planning stage.  We will demonstrate 
available free tools for this.

- Distance sampling when animals are missed at zero distance, 17-18 May 
2022.  In marine mammal surveys animals may be missed because they are 
below the water and so unavailable to visual observers, or because of 
difficult sighting conditions.  (Analogous issues occur for other types 
of marine mammal survey, such as passive acoustic surveys.)  We will 
teach methods for dealing with these situations, and practical software 

For more details, and to register, go to


We are offering one free place on each workshop with the goal of to 
widening participation to scientists from countries with fewer resources 
and groups traditionally under-represented in wildlife science.  More 
details are at


and the closing date for applications for the widening participation 
scholarships is April 18th.

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