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Half-Day Workshop on Landscape-Population Analysis May 20, 2014

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*Landscape-Population Analysis: Linking social surveys to environmental

data for inquiry*




Workshop at the 2014 US-IALE Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska






Alex Zvoleff (Postdoctoral Associate, Conservation International)


Sarah Wandersee (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alaska, Anchorage)






To approach human-environment dynamics and relationships, it is necessary

to combine human and environmental data. Considering the movement towards

interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, this integration of

social surveys and environmental datasets is becoming more and more

relevant. In this workshop, we provide a review of the technical approaches

for linking human and environmental data. This is intended to give new

researchers a background on methods and considerations in analysis of these

topics and also to practice building and applying these tools. The first

half of the workshop will provide a general overview of statistical

diagnostic tools and modeling approaches (such as spatial multilevel

modeling and agent-based modeling). We will then highlight a range of

platforms available for beginner to advanced practitioners. Finally, we

will discuss how to choose the appropriate techniques for addressing

specific research questions. The second half of the workshop will focus on

example applications using real-world datasets. These applications will

provide participants with understanding of the kinds of questions that can

and cannot be answered with existing tools, a background of format,

confidentiality, and data quality concerns, and familiarity with some

common software platforms.




*Objectives: *


1) To highlight methodological considerations for linking population and

landscape data.


2) To provide an overview of available datasets, statistical tools,

software platforms, and approaches.


3) To lead participants through two sample analyses, showing application

and interpretation of these methods in two different settings: the Kenai

Peninsula, AK and the Chitwan Valley, Nepal.




*Intended Audience: *Young researchers and graduate students, management





*Date: *Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 1-5PM




*Cost:* TBD




*To register for the workshop and US-IALE Symposium, see: *


Register by April 4, 2014 for lowest rates.*


Abstracts for the US-IALE Symposium are due on Februrary 1, 2014. See

http://usiale.org/anchorage2014/ for more information on the symposium (you

do not have to be presenting at the conference to register for the



Note on travel/lodging: Airfare to and lodging in Anchorage can be found at

reasonable rates. Feel free to contact me (Sarah Wandersee -

smwandersee@uaa.alaska.edu) or the host committee for suggestions.



Sarah Wandersee, Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Alaska Anchorage

Human-Environment Geographer


CPISB 201D, 651-470-1308


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