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Call for Applications: Graduate Workshop in Statistical Ecology

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The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for the Graduate Workshop on Current Trends in Statistical Ecology to be held April 15-17, 2015, at NIMBioS. *Objectives: *For graduate students in ecology-related fields or statistics with an interest in ecological applications, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in statistical ecology. There will be opportunities to build skills in new statistical tools useful for ecology and to work on applying tools to participants' research questions. The program will also feature panel discussions about career opportunities, the job search, and surviving graduate school/writing your dissertation. Participants will be encouraged to bring data sets associated with their research to be explored under the guidance of workshop leaders. This workshop is co-organized by the Ecological Society of America SEEDS program http://esa.org/seeds/> and SAMSI http://www.samsi.info/> (Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute). Alumni of the SEEDS program will receive priority consideration to attend, and all participants will be invited to join the SEEDS network. *Workshop Leaders:* Charmaine Dean, Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser Univ.; Jim Clark Statistical Science, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Univ.; Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Mathematical Biology, Arizona State Univ.; Lucas Joppa, Computational Ecology and Environmental Sciences Group, Microsoft Research; Janneke Hille Ris Lambers, Biology, Univ. of Washington *Location: *NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville *Organizers:* Teresa Mourad, Ecological Society of America; Richard Smith, SAMSI and Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS and Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville; Louis Gross NIMBioS, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville; Jim Clark Statistical Science, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Univ., Durham NC For more information about the workshop and a link to the online application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/education/WS_gradconf2015 *Application deadline:* December 1, 2014 Participation in the workshop is by application only. Graduate students with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-January. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, and lodging is available for workshop attendees. A goal of NIMBioS is to enhance the cadre of researchers capable of interdisciplinary efforts across mathematics and biology. As part of this goal, NIMBioS is committed to promoting diversity in all its activities. Diversity is considered in all its aspects, social and scientific, including gender, ethnicity, scientific field, career stage, geography and type of home institution. You can read more about our Diversity Plan on our NIMBioS Policies http://www.nimbios.org/governance/NIMBioS_Diversity_Plan.pdf> web page.

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