Finse Alpine Research Center (map)
P.O. Box 53
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.