Bayesian Analysis of Population Ecology Workshop
A Workshop on Bayesian Analysis for Population Ecology will be held in the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM), University of St Andrews, from 7th-10th September 2009.
Bayesian methods are making an enormous impact in the area of population ecology. In this workshop participants will be given instruction on the underlying ideas associated with Bayesian methods and computational algorithms, applied to the area of population ecology. No prior knowledge of Bayesian methods will be assumed. We will begin with an introduction to Bayesian methods before considering more advanced topics, including, for example, random effects models, dealing with missing data, model selection (including posterior model probabilities and model averaging) and the reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm. Theory and methods will be motivated and illustrated through a range of ecological examples. The workshop will make use of (and provide) the forthcoming book "Bayesian Analysis for Population Ecology" by King, Morgan, Gimenez and Brooks. The computer packages WinBUGS and R will be demonstrated and used, making use of programs written by the course organisers. The workshop will combine both lectures with hands-on computer practical sessions using and adapting the computer programs provided by the organisers.
The target audience for the workshop is statistical ecologists who wish to learn about Bayesian methods and/or apply these methods to their problems of interest. We anticipate that this may include a number of research students. Workshop participants will acquire new statistical tools for answering important questions relevant to the conservation and management of wild animal populations.
Note that places are limited on the workshop and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
A DRAFT schedule can be viewed here.
Location and Travel Information
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For further information, please contact:
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
University of St Andrews
The Observatory, Buchanan Gardens
Scotland KY16 9LZ
Tel:+44 1334 461842
Fax: +44 1334 461800