Finse Alpine Research Center (map)
P.O. Box 53
The Finse Alpine Research Seminar is an informal meeting place for researchers and students working (or planning to work, or have worked) at Finse Alpine Research Centre, but the seminar is open for anybody interested in research in the alpine environment. Participants are encouraged to contribute with 20 minute talks.
Following the two successful symposia on Winter Limnology 2008 (Kilpisjärvi, Finland) and 2010 (Liebenberg, Germany), a third winter limnology symposium will be arranged at Finse Alpine Research Center 12-16 April, 2012.
The presence or absence of a species across a set of landscape units is a fundamental concept widely used in ecology (e.g. in studies of species range or distribution, epidemiology, habitat modelling, resource selection probability functions, meta-population dynamics, biodiversity and environmental monitoring). A common problem, however, is that species are not always 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 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.
This two day course introduces essential methods in statistical modelling for ecologists. The course focuses on the construction of biologically sound models and the estimation of parameter values and associated uncertainties. Both maximum-likelihood methods and Bayesian MCMC methods will be introduced. The course will be a mix of lectures and hands on computer exercises and tutoring.
Twenty-eight researchers and students participated in the third Finse Research Workshop at the research center 26-27 April 2010. Participants came from the Universities of Bergen , Oslo, Agder and Tromsø, Telemark University College, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Høgskulen i Sogn og Fjordane, Natural Science Museum of Trento (Italy), Norwegian Defence Estates Agency and Fylkesmannen i Hordaland.
The next research workshop will take place September 2011.
The second Finse Research Workshop was successfully held 27-28 April 2009. Twenty-three people from seven different research institutions/universities and the local management authorities participated.