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  1. Transmitting Science is offering a new course: “Introduction to Photogrammetry and Laser Scan”, which will be held in Barcelona province from May 21st to 25th, 2018. Instructors: Dr. Heinrich Mallison (Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity,Germany) Dr. Josep Fortuny (Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C., Spain) Sergio Llácer (Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C ., Spain) This course is addressed to researchers and technicians who routinely work with complex biological structures (specimens) and need to digitise their samples for different reasons, such as digital preservation, quantitative or biomechanics analyses, etc. The goal of this course is to explain how you can obtain 3D virtual models from surfaces, using different techniques as laser imaging but mainly photogrammetry. These techniques and technologies offer the possibility to obtain 3D models of the external morphology of the samples including colour and texture of a wide size range of specimens with medium - low cost and fast approaches. By the end of the course participants should be able to obtain high quality digitalization of samples with the most commonly used techniques. They will also be able to edit and manipulate the digital models to prepare them for use in typical analytical software. More information and registration: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/imaging/introduction-photogrammetry-laser-scan/
  2. Humboldt State University will conduct our sixth annual summer short course on individual-based (agent-based) modeling, July 18-22, 2016. The course is intended primarily for university faculty interested in teaching their own modeling courses, but we also encourage participants interested mainly in research applications. The course will be based on the textbook "Agent-based and Individual-based Modeling: A Practical Introduction" by Railsback and Grimm: http://www.railsback-grimm-abm-book.com/ and led by Steve Railsback, Volker Grimm, and Steve Lytinen. The course's main goal will be to introduce participants to both the software - NetLogo - and the modeling concepts in the book, to the point that they can then teach themselves and others how to become productive modelers. We will focus especially on developing NetLogo skill and understanding, via exercises and projects with a high level of instructor interaction. The course will be held this year at Humboldt State, in the heart of northern California's beautiful redwood coast. The fee is expected to be $600, which includes instruction and materials, social events, and lunches. Participants will provide their own transportation to and lodging in Arcata; low-cost campus lodging wll be available. Applications are being accepted until April 8th. Additional information and the short application form are at: http://www2.humboldt.edu/ibm/
  3. Modelling Patterns and Dynamics of Species Occurrence Darryl I. MacKenzie Date: 24-28 August 2015 Venue: University of Guelph, Guelph Course Fee: CAD$800 before 1 Aug; CAD$850 thereafter The presence or absence of a species across a set of landscape units is a fundamental concept widely used in ecology (e.g., species range or distribution, epidemiology, habitat modelling, resource selection probability functions, as a monitoring metric, metapopulation studies, biodiversity and species co-occurrence). An important sampling issue, however, is that a species may not always be detected when present at a landscape unit. This will result in "false absences" causing parameter estimates to be biased if unaccounted for, possibly leading to misleading results and conclusions, even with moderate levels of imperfect detection. This short course will cover many of the latest methods for modelling patterns and dynamics of species occurrence in a landscape while accounting for the imperfect detection of the species. Participants will be introduced to available software through worked examples, and there will be special emphasis on aspects of study design. While primarily aimed at the beginner and intermediate level, more experienced researchers will also benefit from attending. For more details go to: http://www.proteus.co.nz/coursedetails.php?course=17
  4. Multivariate Analysis for Community Ecologists using PC-ORD 2.5-day WORKSHOP (must attend in person) will be held Tuesday-Thursday 11-13 August 2015 (~08:30-16:30) at The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton, AB, Canada More information about this and future courses can be found at: http://ecosystems.psu.edu/research/labs/silviculture/pc-ord To receive registration instructions, ask specific questions, or be placed on a mailing list for future course announcements, contact Jeri Peck at Penn State: peckj@psu.edu
  5. Studying abroad couldn’t be easier than English-speaking Belize, Central America. The Institute for Sustainable International Studies, ISIS Belize, is known for great field courses which give students plenty of practical experience in areas which are hard to find in North America and Canada. Over the winter break or during the J Term, ISIS delivers two week intensive field courses in two sections: Section A -December 26 – January 7 Section B -January 7 – 18 Ornithology in the Tropics: Birds of Belize Tropical Forests: The Management and Conservation of Biodiversity Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation Course carrying 3 credit hours are transferable to home institutions with prior approval. Students can take two courses for six hours of course work. The application deadline for winter is October 15. Seating is limited to provide the best experiences. Syllabi, application forms and pricing can be found on our website at www.isisbelize.com. We offer these courses and more during our two summer sessions, May 30 – June 27, July 4 - August 1, 2015 Contact Cynthia Reece, our Program Director, for more details, creece@isisbelize.com
  6. Are you: - A wildlife professional looking to expand your research skills to include migratory birds? - A recent college graduate looking to obtain professional skills to help you get into grad school or begin a career in natural resources and conservation? - Beginning a graduate degree studying birds, but lack field and lab experience needed for your thesis/dissertation? If the answer is yes, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, in conjunction with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (http://SMconservation.gmu.edu) have a solution for you. We are excited to announce a new intensive two week course in Front Royal, VA, USA: Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds. The course builds on the expertise of the Migratory Bird Center incorporating concepts surrounding the ecology and evolution of migration, migratory connectivity, breeding and non-breeding life history, population dynamics, and the ecological services that migratory birds provide. This course is designed to capitalize on this expertise to teach conservation professionals, field scientists and graduate students the most current methods in the research of bird migration including theoretical concepts, field and laboratory methods, data analysis and applied conservation strategies. Field sessions will involve training in avian sampling techniques including: daily mist-netting sessions, banding, aging and sexing, digital imagery and morphometrics, tissue sampling, and collecting behavioral observations. A tracking module will include stable isotope analysis, geolocator deployment and analysis, and radio telemetry. A second lab component will consist of workshops on data management and analysis including mark-recapture statistics with Program MARK. Lecture topics will include: seasonal interactions, evolution and adaptation, agro-ecosystems, eco-physiology, stopover ecology, and applied conservation strategies. SMBC scientists will lead the course, and guest lecturers from other parts of the Smithsonian Institution, American Bird Conservancy, and USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will provide students a glimpse into exciting, ongoing research and conservation efforts. The course takes place from September 1-12, 2014 and the deadline to apply is July 1, 2014. Participants earn Continuing Education Units; graduate course credit (3) is available for qualified applicants through George Mason University at an additional fee. Four fully paid scholarships are available through SI-GMU. See the course’s page on our website for prerequisites.
  7. OTS is offering several graduate level courses for 2015. All are accredited courses, meaning students that participate will receive academic credit. OTS is a consortium of over 50 universities worldwide so credits from our courses are recognized by all the member institutions (http://bit.ly/1078fLg). The course catalog can be found here http://bit.ly/1nl5E8k Courses offered for 2015: An Introduction to Tropical Ecology: Coordinator: Jane Zelikova Course duration: 4 weeks (December 29, 2014 - January 24. 2015) Deadline: September 30, 2014 Credits: 4.0 Tropical Ferns and Lycophytes: Coordinator: Robbin Moran & Eddie Watkins Course duration: 2 weeks (January 7 -22, 2015) Deadline: October 1, 2014 Ecología Tropical y Conservación: Coordinator: Federico Chinchilla Course duration: 7 weeks (January 12 - February 21, 2015) Deadline: OPEN ENROLLMENT Biodiversity Conservation through the Lens of Indigenous Communities Coordinator: Claudine Sierra & Mariana Altrichter Course duration: 2 weeks (May 24 - June 9, 2015) Deadline: February 3, 2015. Systematics, Ecology, Evolution and Uses of Palms Coordinator: Andrew Henderson, Henrik Balselv, Chuck Peters, Scott Zona Course duration: 2 weeks (May 25 - June 7, 2015) Deadline: February 3, 2015. Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach Coordinator: TBD Course duration: 6 weeks (June 8 - July 19, 2015) Credits: 6 credits awarded by the University of Costa Rica Deadline: February 3, 2015 Sistemática de Plantas Tropicales Coordinator: TBD Course duration: 5 weeks (June 30 - Agosto 3, 2015) Credits: 6 credits awarded by the University of Costa Rica Deadline: February 3, 2015 Payment for Ecosystem Services: Putting Theory into Practice in Costa Rica (http://bit.ly/1a13abb) Coordinator: Erin Sillshttp://cnr.ncsu.edu/fer/directory/sills.php> Course duration: 2 weeks (May 25 - June 8, 2015) Credits: 2 semester credits awarded by the University of Costa Rica Deadline: February 3, 2015 Ecology and Evolution of Coleoptera (Beetles) Coordinator: Christopher Carlton, Richard Leschen, Nathan Lord, & Victoria Bayless Course duration: 3 weeks (June 5 - 24, 2015) Deadline: February 3, 2015 Inquiry in Rainforests: an in-service program for teachers (http://bit.ly/1aJyauv) Coordinator: Barbara Bentley and Joe Levine Course duration: 2 weeks (July 8 - 21, 2015) Application deadline: March 1, 2015. Monitoring Tropical Forest Dynamics In A Changing Climate Coordinator: Johanna Hurtado (http://www.teamnetwork.org/) and Susan Letcher (Bio) Course duration: 2 weeks (July 21 to August 3, 2015) Course Credits: 2.0 Application Deadline: February 3, 2015. Monitoring Terrestrial Vertebrates Using Camera Traps: Field and Analytical Techniques Coordinator: Johanna Hurtado (http://www.teamnetwork.org/) Course duration: 2 weeks (August 3-13, 2015) Course credits: 2.0 Application deadline: February 3, 2014, followed by rolling admission until full.
  8. Avian & Reptile Diagnostic Endoscopy Saturday, December 6, 2014 - Sunday, December 7, 2014 UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Athens, Georgia One of the internationally acclaimed endoscopy training programs from the University of Georgia, this 15-hour continuing education course is designed to teach the theory and practical applications of diagnostic endoscopy in birds and reptiles. Whether you are a private practitioner, zoo/aquarium/wildlife veterinarian, or researcher this course will train you to perform minimally-invasive endoscopic procedures including biopsy techniques. This is a basic- to intermediate-level course, and fundamental knowledge of avian and reptilian anatomy is assumed. You will be trained using PowerPoint lectures and video presentations on: equipment choice and care coelioscopy gastro-intestinal and respiratory endoscopy of reptiles coelioscopy gastro-intestinal endoscopy and tracheoscopy of birds biopsy and sampling techniques endoscopy fee structure and practice management Laboratory This course will provide 15 CE hours. Full attendance is required to receive total CE credits. There will be nine hours of practical lab time in which you will be able to practice and develop your skills. Please bring scrubs for the lab portion.All procedures are approved by the UGA Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Details Refreshments, lunches, certificate of training, and course notes will be provided.
  9. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center Training Announcement Designing a Biological Monitoring Program: Concepts and Examples CLM2151 Date: September 15 – 19, 2014 Location: NCTC, Shepherdstown, WV Length: 4.5 days Tuition: Tuition for FWS, NPS, and BLM is prepaid. For participants from other agencies and organizations, there is a tuition charge of $995. Availability: Course is offered once per year. Course Description: Designing a monitoring program with clear objectives that is also statistically defensible and cost-effective is challenging. This course addresses the design of a monitoring program for the conservation and management of biological resources. Participants will acquire a big-picture conceptual framework for planning monitoring and linking monitoring to station or agency mission, management objectives and decision making. The course emphasizes design of a monitoring program within a management context, and focuses on indentifying clear objectives and evaluating progress towards those objectives. This course reviews statistical concepts, equations and models needed to design monitoring surveys, but does not teach specific data analysis. Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: Participate in the design of a monitoring program or survey to address a specific question or information need, including prioritizing among a set of possible monitoring objectives. Select the type of monitoring that best addresses a specific natural resource management problem. Communicate effectively with a statistician or consultant to develop a sampling design and the associated analyses that address a natural resource problem. Coordinate data management, analysis, and reporting that address the specific question or management need, advances learning, or reduces management uncertainty. Who Should Attend: Biologists and managers who are engaged in developing, conducting, supervising or evaluating biological monitoring surveys and programs. Participants should have a basic understanding of statistics equivalent to an introductory undergraduate course. For those who want to learn to apply specific statistical analysis methods, the NCTC Conservation Science and Policy Branch offers a Data Analysis Series (starting with CSP4200). To Register: Register online at http://training.fws.gov using DOILearn, the Department of the Interior’s Learning Management System. Contact: Karen Lindsey, 406.243.4627, Karen_lindsey@fws.gov
  10. This is to inform you that registration for a course entitled "Species distributions models: concepts, methods, applications and challenges", is still open. The deadline is June, 15th, 2014. The course aims to introduce the fundamental concepts underpinning ecological niche models (ENMs), describe the methods currently in use, and discuss the strengths and limitations of ENMs for different applications. We also plan to have specialized seminars introducing emerging concepts and next-generation approaches for modelling species distributions. The course gives equal weight to theory and application. The students will have the opportunity to learn how to run ENM with R and they will be asked to bring their own data (if such data are not available we can provide our own data). During two days the students will analyse these data and prepare a small report for discussion in the class. For more information, please visit: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/ecosystemsandenvironment/events/phdcourseonspeciesdistributionmodels
  11. Dear colleagues, These two courses might be of interest to some of the list members: - "INTRODUCTION TO R, Third edition ", September 1-4, 2014 (38 hours on-site). Instructors: Dr. Klaus Langohr (Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Spain) and Dr. Joan Valls (Biomedical Research Institute of Lleida, Spain). More info: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/stats/intro-r/ - "LINEAR MODELS WITH R", September 15-19, 2014 (30 hours on-site). Instructors: Dr. Joan Valls (Biomedical Research Institute of Lleida, Spain) and Dr. Llorenç Badiella (UAB, Spain). More info: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/stats/linear-models/ Both courses will be held at the Premises of Sabadell of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain). Organized by: Transmitting Science and the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont. Please, feel free to distribute this information between your colleagues, if you consider it appropriate. With best regards Sole Soledad De Esteban Trivigno, PhD. Transmitting Science Soledad.esteban@transmittingscience.orghttp://www.transmittingscience.org/>
  12. The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, in conjunction with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (http://SMconservation.gmu.edu), are excited to announce a new intensive two week course in Front Royal, VA, USA: Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds. The course builds on the expertise of the Migratory Bird Center incorporating concepts surrounding the ecology and evolution of migration, migratory connectivity, breeding and non-breeding life history, population dynamics, and the ecological services that migratory birds provide. This course is designed to capitalize on this expertise to teach conservation professionals, field scientists and graduate students the most current methods in the research of bird migration including theoretical concepts, field and laboratory methods, data analysis and applied conservation strategies. Field sessions will involve training in avian sampling techniques including: daily mist-netting sessions, banding, aging and sexing, digital imagery and morphometrics, tissue sampling, and collecting behavioral observations. A tracking module will include stable isotope analysis, geolocator deployment and analysis, and radio telemetry. A second lab component will consist of workshops on data management and analysis including mark-recapture statistics with Program MARK. Lecture topics will include: seasonal interactions, evolution and adaptation, agro-ecosystems, eco-physiology, stopover ecology, and applied conservation strategies. SCBI scientists will lead the course, and guest lecturers from other parts of the Smithsonian Institution, American Bird Conservancy, and USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will provide students a glimpse into exciting, ongoing research and conservation efforts. The course takes place from September 9-20, 2013 and the deadline to apply is July 1, 2013. For information on course fees, scholarship opportunities and contact information, please visit: http://smconservation.gmu.edu/programs/graduate-and-professional/professional-training-courses/species-monitoring-and-conservation-bird-migration/ Participants earn Continuing Education Units; graduate course credit (3) is available for qualified applicants through George Mason University at an additional fee. See the course’s page on our website for prerequisites.
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