CANCELLED - "Boot Camp" in Wildlife Study Design and Data Analysis

We would like to invite you to a "Boot Camp" in Wildlife Study Design and Data Analysis (Bayesian approaches). The workshop is primarily aimed at PhD students and anyone who is involved in research or analysis of field-collected data for wildlife management or conservation.


14 May

Praktisk informasjon

  • Dato: 14. mai 2020 - 25. mai 2020
  • Tid: Hele dagen
  • Sted: Campus Bø, - cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Registration: You can register for the Boot Camp here. The registration deadline is March 31. As we can only accommodate 24 participants, we may need to select applications to ensure a good balance between genders, nationalities and backgrounds. We will inform all applicants by April 5. For invited participants, payments are due by April 15 to confirm a place in the boot camp. Payment information will be sent to the invited participants on April 5.

    Instructors: Mike Meredith and colleagues from BCCS, Malaysia.

    Participation fee: 200 € (covers workshop attendance, lunch and coffee breaks - does not include travel or accommodation).

About the Boot Camp

The 10-day Boot Camp is designed by experienced field researchers to specifically deal with wildlife data and is intended for those involved in wildlife research using techniques such as presence/absence surveys or mark-recapture - or those who need to understand the results of this research. Bayesian approaches for data analysis are strongly emphasized. Key topics covered are: introduction to Binomial and Poisson distributions, Bayesian analysis, Akaike's Information Criterion (AIC), Maximum Likelihood Estimation, Spatially explicit capture-recapture (SECR). Teaching methods are very hands-on and through exploration and experimentation. The ten days are full of practical activities, where participants generate their own data and then analyze it.

Target audience

The workshop is primarily aimed at PhD students and anyone who is involved in research or analysis of field-collected data for wildlife management or conservation. You should know the basics of R, but the instructors assume you've forgotten most of the stats you learnt at university! If you need to learn the R basics, we offer a “Gentle Introduction to R” course May 4 – 6 that you can register for in the same registration form.

Participants should have a background in field biology, as that's where the examples come from. We will assume familiarity with the use of computers - and in particular spreadsheets - and we'll ask you to bring a notebook computer to the course.

Time schedule

May 14-25, 2020 (10 days of workshops with two one-day breaks; May 17 and 21).