[MARMAM] Autumn distance sampling workshop series - registration open

Len Thomas len.thomas at st-andrews.ac.uk
Thu Aug 18 02:59:43 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 3 live online workshops this autumn on aspects of distance sampling. 
  Registration is now open.  The two most relevant to marine mammal scientists are:

- Distance sampling when animals are missed at zero distance, 28 & 31 October 
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 tools.

- Practical design and simulation to optimise distance sampling surveys, 1, 2 & 
4 November 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.

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 September 5th.

For those with wider interests in ecology, our third workshop is on camera trap 
distance sampling, a method seeing increasing use in terrestrial situations 
where remotely-operated cameras offer a practical solution to surveying in 
hard-to-reach areas with relatively low densities of animals.  That workshop is 
relatively soon, 19-23 September and further details are at the above web site.

In addition to the above, we are planning another of our highly successful 
introductory distance sampling workshops, likely in November. More details will 
be posted in due course.

Best wishes to all, Len Thomas

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