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Species Monitoring and Conservation: Terrestrial Mammals
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
Terrestrial Mammals teaches current techniques in the assessment and monitoring of wild mammal populations, including bats and terrestrial species of all sizes. During the 12-day intensive residential session, participants will learn the principles of study design, practice the range of field assessment methods currently available, and use the latest techniques to analyze these data. Participants will also learn museum voucher collection and preparation, use of software packages MARK and DISTANCE, and the application of monitoring data to decision-making and population management. Primary instruction is provided by scientists and staff of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the National Museum of Natural History, and other universities and conservation organizations. Lead instructors include Kris Helgen, Joe Kolowski, Roland Kays, and Hillary Young with guest lectures by Don Wilson, DeeAnn Reeder and others.
This course is open to both graduate students and professionals. There are no formal prerequisites, though applicants should have prior coursework in basic ecology as well as basic statistics, and be familiar with the use of Excel spreadsheets and PC computers.
Tuition / Fees:
The course fee is $3478, which includes instruction and course materials as well as all meals, lodging (shared room), and transport to/from Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD). All other travel costs and incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility. Course participants earn Continuing Education Units, or, for qualified applicants, graduate course credits are available through George Mason University at additional cost (and upon completion of further course requirements). Some partial scholarships may be available.
Support (scholarships, travel):
Some partial scholarships may be available, but interested applicants must demonstrate significant effort to apply for external funding.
Start + End Dates:
April 29 - May 10, 2013
For first consideration, apply before February 18, 2013
Dr. Joseph Kolowski
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