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Intermediate-Level Program MARK Workshop, June 2-6, 2014, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

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Intermediate-Level Program MARK Workshop


June 2-6, 2014, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO


This intermediate-level workshop will provide quantitative biologists and

statisticians with the statistical background to understand the main-stream

analyses performed by Program MARK, and the familiarity with the program to

perform these analyses. A mixture of lectures and laboratory exercises will

be provided. Participants will learn the basics of parameter estimation with

likelihood theory, model selection with Akaike's Information Criterion

(AIC), and the binomial and multinomial distributions. The Cormack-Jolly-

Seber (CJS) mark-recapture, band (tag or ring) recovery, known fate, and

closed captures models will be covered in detail. More advanced models will

be described so that participants will understand the benefits of these

models, but those models would not be covered extensively. Use of

covariates, including individual covariates, will be covered with the CJS

and band recovery models.


The clientele for this workshop are biologists with experience in the

analysis of data from marked animals. The content is aimed at providing the

participants with a solid background in the philosophy, theory, and analysis

of data from marked animals. This is not a workshop for beginners to this



  Format of the workshop will be a combination of lectures and computer

lab exercises. The workshop would start on Monday morning, 8:00am, June 4,

2012, and end Friday at noon (with some time during Friday afternoon to

address specific user questions). Evening sessions would be provided as

needed to cover the workshop material. Attendees are encouraged to bring

their own data for analysis to the workshop, but should recognize that a

thorough analysis will not be completed at the workshop. Given the amount of

material to be covered, attendees likely would not be able to begin analysis

of their own data until Thursday afternoon.



Workshop Instructors:


Kenneth P. Burnham

Gary C. White

Paul F. Doherty, Jr.

Evan G. Cooch

William L. Kendall


For registration details, consult the following website:




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