The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) is hosting three linked workshops in the summer of 2012 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.
Note to 2012 participants:We have moved some material out of the advanced into the introductory workshop, specifically the topic of automated survey design. During the Introductory and Advanced Distance workshops we have increased the amount of time participants have to work on their own data. Don't worry if you do not have your own data, we have many datasets that you can use to familiarise yourself with distance sampling.
The first workshop (4 days) will run at an introductory level, and will focus on "conventional" distance sampling methods, as 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.
The advanced distance sampling workshop (3.5 days) will include advanced treatment of: incorporating covariates in detection function modelling, analyses in which detectability on the transect line is not assumed to be perfect (the so-called g(0) problem) and spatial modelling.
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.
For both workshops, 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 bring their own laptop computers.
New for 2012
A third workshop is being offered between the Introductory and Advanced Distance workshops. It is 'An Introduction to Density Estimation from Passive Acoustic Data'. It will be a one-day workshop that will take place on Saturday 25th August. It is not necessary that participants have attended introductory workshop.
Location and Travel Information
For location and travel information please follow this link.
For further information, please contact:
Rhona Rodger, Workshop Administrator
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
University of St Andrews
The Observatory, Buchanan Gardens
Scotland KY16 9LZ
Tel:+44 (0) 1334 461842
Fax: +44 (0) 1334 461800