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        Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental
        Modelling (CREEM) is hosting two linked workshops in the summer
        of 2015 in our purpose-built facilities at the University of St.
        Andrews, Scotland. The aim of these workshops is to train
        participants in the latest methods for design and analysis of
        distance sampling surveys, including line and point transects.
        The workshops are taught by leading researchers in the field,
        using industry-standard software.</span>  We will be using the
      latest version of Distance, Version 7, currently in test release,
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        href="http://distancesampling.org/Distance/distance70download.html">http://distancesampling.org/Distance/distance70download.html</a><br>
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        first workshop (11-14 August) will run at an introductory level,
        and will focus on distance sampling methods, largely described
        in the standard reference book "Introduction to Distance
        Sampling." The workshop will be a blend of theory and practice
        and participants will learn how to use the program "Distance."
        Participants will gain a solid grounding in both survey design
        and methods of analysis for distance sampling surveys. 
        'Automated survey design' and 'incorporating covariates in
        detection function' have moved from the advanced workshop into
        the introductory workshop.  <br>
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        advanced distance sampling workshop (17-20 August) will include
        advanced treatment of:  analyses in which detectability on the
        transect line is not assumed to be perfect (the so-called g(0)
        problem) and spatial (or  density surface) modelling. We will
        showcase a series of new R packages we have developed for
        performing standard as well as sophisticated analyses in R. The
        aim of this workshop is to bring participants up to date with
        the latest developments in distance sampling methods and
        software. It is also an opportunity for those actively engaged
        in the design, analysis and execution of distance sampling
        surveys to discuss common issues and problems, and set future
        research directions. The workshop will be a combination of
        lectures and computer sessions, with considerable time for
        discussion.  <br>
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        participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets, and
        can expect to do some preliminary analyses with their data. 
        Computer sessions take place in our computer classroom (attached
        to the seminar room); participants can use our computers or
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        details regarding the workshop can be found at our website</span><br>
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href="http://creem2.st-andrews.ac.uk/workshops/distance-sampling-workshops-st-andrews-august-2015/">http://creem2.st-andrews.ac.uk/workshops/distance-sampling-workshops-st-andrews-august-2015/</a></p>
    <pre class="moz-signature" cols="72">-- 
Eric Rexstad
Research Unit for Wildlife Population Assessment
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
University of St. Andrews
St. Andrews Scotland KY16 9LZ
+44 (0)1334 461833
The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland : No SC013532</pre>
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