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Estimating Animal Abundance and Occupancy
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
This course is designed to provide a strong theoretical and analytical background to both graduate students and professionals in distance sampling, mark-recapture, and occupancy modeling techniques, with a strong focus on the practical use of field data in the programs DISTANCE, MARK and PRESENCE. In the intensive 2-week program, a detailed treatment of theoretical concepts and case studies for each type of analysis is followed by computer work with each respective program. Exercises will include use of real field data, and focus on identifying problems with one’s dataset, selecting appropriate models, and interpreting analysis results. Case studies will focus on vertebrate studies, primarily involving birds and terrestrial mammals. Each course module will be led by a different team of expert instructors. Mark-recapture analysis in the program MARK will be taught by Dr. Gary White, and occupancy modeling in the program PRESENCE will be led by Dr. Jim Hines and Dr. Evan Grant from the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
There are no formal prerequisites, but applicants should have a strong grasp of basic statistical concepts and be familiar with the use of PC computers and spreadsheets.
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).
Support (scholarships, travel):
Some partial scholarships may be available, but applicants must demonstrate significant effort to apply for external funding to be considered.
Start + End Dates:
April 1 - 12, 2013
Must apply now, a few spaces remain
Dr. Joseph Kolowski
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