Workshop on spatially explicit capture-recapture methods

Venue: Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Melbourne

Dates: 8–11 May 2017

Cost: AU$800 (AU$850 after 31 March)

Instructors: Murray Efford, Joanne Potts, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita

Spatially explicit capture-recapture (SECR) modelling is used for estimating animal population density and related parameters. The method combines a spatial population model and a spatial (distance-dependent) detection model. SECR has been used extensively in wildlife ecology for the analysis of data from conventional traps, DNA hair snags and automatic cameras. It is the subject of a recent text (Royle et al. 2014) and statistical review (Borchers and Fewster 2016).

In this 4-day workshop we aim to give participants a practical understanding of SECR and its application through the experience of fitting models with the R package secr. Topics to be covered include

  • concepts and assumptions underlying SECR
  • data preparation and checking
  • model fitting and evaluation
  • study design

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