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Re: Species Occurrence/Occupancy/Distribution Workshop


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Wed, 4 Mar 2009 11:37:35 -0300





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Hello, when will one be able to register not being in this case a DOI member ?

Thank you

E. Sendra

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> Announcement
> Population Viability Analysis IV: Modeling Occupancy for Conservation
> Course Dates: March 30 ? April 2, 2009
> Location: NCTC, Shepherdstown, WV
> Course Description/Course Overview:
> The presence or absence of a species across a set of landscape units is
> a fundamental concept widely used in ecology (e.g., species range or
> distribution, epidemiology, habitat modelling, resource selection
> probability functions, as a monitoring metric, metapopulation studies,
> biodiversity and species co-occurrence). An important sampling issue,
> however, is that a species may not always be detected when present at a
> landscape unit. This will result in "false absences" causing parameter
> estimates to be biased if unaccounted for, possibly leading to
> misleading results and conclusions, even with moderate levels of
> imperfect detection.
> This workshop will cover many of the latest methods for modelling
> patterns and dynamics of species occurrence in a landscape while
> accounting for the imperfect detection of the species. Participants will
> be introduced to available software through worked examples, and there
> will be special emphasis on aspects of study design. While primarily
> aimed at the beginner and intermediate level, more experienced
> researchers will also benefit from attending. Topics to be covered include:
> - single-season occupancy models for patterns in species occurrence
> - multiple-season occupancy models for dynamic of species occurrence
> - study design and it?s influence on the interpretation of ?occupancy?
> - species co-occurrence models
> - community-level applications
> - multi-state occupancy models
> - integrated modelling of habitat and species occurrence dynamics
> Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to learn and
> develop the design and practical skills in students
> needed for modeling based on occupancy modeling and the
> program PRESENCE, given the diverse array of models and
> procedures available, and the need to assess and critique
> populations or interactions in the field.
> Instructors: Darryl I. MacKenzie, Proteus Wildlife Research
> Consultants, Dunedin, New Zealand
> Jim D. Nichols, U.S.G.S., Gabrielson Lab, Laurel, MD
> Jim Hines, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USA
> Who Should Attend: Biologist and researchers involved in monitoring or
> studies associated with issues surrounding
> presence/absence.
> Course Length: 4 days/32 hours (plus 4 hours on Friday morning are set
> aside for individual projects or design considerations)
> Prerequisites: For FWS employees a basic course in statistics or
> permission of the Science Curriculum Leader (Alan Temple,
> Ph.D.) or Course Leader (Joseph Witt, Ph.D.).
> Cost: There is no tuition fee for FWS, NPS, and BLM personnel. Tuition is
> $760 for non-FWS participants.
> How to Apply: Register online at Non-DOI
> employees should click on ?Public Catalog Login? then type the course code
> (CSP4140) in the Search box. Then click on the course title.
> Questions: Please contact Joe W. Witt ([log in to unmask]) or So Lan Ching
> ([log in to unmask]), Branch of Conservation Science and Policy, at
> 304/876-7447. Also, content inquires can be addressed to Darryl MacKenzie
> ([log in to unmask] )

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