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Subject: Environmental Sampling and Monitoring using R
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Date:Wed, 3 Nov 2010 13:26:15 -0400

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Data Analysis IIIB: Environmental Sampling and Monitoring using R (CSP4230) 
Course Dates:     December 13-17, 2010 
Location:   National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) 
            Shepherdstown, WV 
Course Description/Course Overview: This course will develop the 
participant’s skills needed to monitor species trends and distributions, 
and assess changes due to management actions or impacts in the environment. 
The design aspects used in class will address the ecological and predictive 
capacity of prospective approaches, with the overall aim of increasing the 
predictive power of the analyses and reducing the error associated with 
modeling the environment.  The overall goal of the course is to familiarize 
the participants with the statistical sampling concepts and definitions, 
and the “where”, “when”, and “how” of sampling.  The six primary objectives 
of the course will include: site selection designs, stratification, panel 
rotation designs, field methods and their influences on detectability, 
status estimation, and trend estimation. 
Data Analysis IIIB course will explore the principles and application of 
analytical approaches and design techniques important to the management of 
threatened and endangered plant and animal populations.  Emphasis will also 
be placed on the development of design and analytical skills, and the 
estimation of status and trends. The course is designed for the students to 
learn the concepts and techniques through lectures, exercises, and working 
with data sets.  The aim of these exercises is to familiarize students with 
the mathematical notation, statistical approaches, and modeling techniques 
frequently used in designing and implementing field studies. 
Concepts and techniques covered in class will include: (1) haphazard and 
convenience sampling; (2) terminology; (3) site selection and variable 
probability sampling; (4) stratification and “soft” stratification using 
GRTS: (5) panel rotation designs and concept of connectedness; (6) field 
methods and using repeat visits for presence;  (7) bootstrapping and 
computer simulation; (8) status estimation using quadrat and distance 
methods; and (9) trend estimation for both abrupt and long-term trends. 
Instructors:      Dr. Timothy Robinson    (University of Wyoming, Laramie 
            Dr. Lyman McDonald      (Western Ecosystem Technology, Inc.) 
Who Should Attend:  The course is designed for individuals who are 
competent in basic statistics and are familiar with linear and logistic 
regression, and how to use an ANOVA table.  Students should be interested 
in developing and/or strengthening their ability to perform reliable and 
unbiased analyses. We are targeting FWS biologists and others whose job 
responsibilities include the assessment and analysis of population or 
habitat data or trends in populations for a variety of activities or 
Course Length: 4 ½ days/36 hours 
Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to develop critical 
monitoring and design skills, based upon reliable analytical techniques 
that are consistent with statistical sampling theory and field 
implementation; whereby, participants will be able to assess and monitor 
the distribution of plant and animal species based upon both abiotic and 
biotic attributes of the species and its environment. 
Cost: There is no tuition fee for FWS, NPS, and BLM personnel.  Tuition is 
$1150 for other participants. 
How to Apply:     Register online at Non-DOI 
employees download application at 
Closing Date for Applications: November 17, 2010 
Questions:  Please contact Joe W. Witt ([log in to unmask]) or So Lan Ching ( 
            [log in to unmask]), Division of Conservation Science and 
            Policy, at 304/876-7447 or 304/876-7771.

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