Training courses: occupancy/species distribution modelling and mark-recapture modelling

Job Description: 

Proteus will be running 4.5-day introductory training courses in Australia on occupancy modelling, and mark-recapture modelling in July 2019. Both courses will be instructed by Darryl MacKenzie (, one of our internationally renowned biometricians, particularly for his work on the development and application of species occurrence models (i.e., occupancy models). Each course is AUD$1000, with an early bird discount of $100 available.

Occupancy modelling - beginner/intermediate course
15 July - 19 July 2019
Mooloolaba Surf Club, Sunshine Coast, Australia

The presence or absence of a species across a set of landscape units is a fundamental concept widely used in ecology (e.g., species distribution modelling, monitoring, habitat modelling). An important sampling issue, however, is that a species may not always be detected when present at a landscape unit. Unaccounted for, “false absences” can lead to misleading inferences about patterns and dynamics of species occurrence, and the factors that influence them, even with moderate levels of imperfect detection.

This 4.5-day introductory workshop will cover methods that have been developed for modelling patterns and dynamics of species occurrence that account for imperfect detection. Participants will be introduced to available software through worked examples, and there will be special emphasis on aspects of study design. The main software that will be used is Program PRESENCE, and some exercises in R.

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Introduction to mark-recapture modelling
22 July - 26 July 2019
University of Newcastle, Newcastle

In this 4.5-day workshop participants will be introduced to statistical modelling approaches that can be applied to mark-recapture data through a combination of lectures on the underlying theory, and worked examples. Topics to be covered include:
- Abundance estimation
- Spatially-explicit capture-recapture
- Survival estimation
- Multi-state mark-recapture
- Half-day discussion/consulting session

All examples will be conducted in the freeware R. Participants are expected to be comfortable in using R to perform basic tasks such as data input/output, data summaries, loading packages and simple plots, as this will be the main software used during exercises. This course may not be appropriate for people with no previous experience in using R.

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Closing Date: 
Sunday, July 14, 2019