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Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation 2018 training courses

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The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation has confirmed an exciting schedule of training programs so far for 2018. All courses are currently either 1- or 2-week intensive residential courses hosted in our sustainably-built Academic Center on the grounds of SCBI in Front Royal, Virginia. All courses offer continuing education credits (CEUs) and some can be taken for graduate credit as well. Limited scholarships are available for eligible applicants. Visit our website (http://SMConservation.gmu.edu) for more details about each course, course costs, and credits earned. We do expect to add more courses for the year, so do check back with our website regularly. Below are the courses so far confirmed for the coming year.



Statistics for Ecology and Conservation Biology

February 12-23, 2018

Gain in-depth knowledge of analysis techniques for cutting-edge ecological research, employing R: classical regression models; mixed models; generalized linear models; how to deal with the limitations of real datasets; and conservation-specific approaches. Participants learn how to choose appropriate analyses for different research questions, and about the assumptions underlying each model. Through the lectures and hands-on exercises participants learn how to design their own studies, explore their data, perform a range of analyses, understand fitted models, and clearly explain their results. By the end of the course, participants will be able to conduct sophisticated statistical analyses, critically evaluate statistics-based material in current research literature, and deal with the limitations of real datasets in the context of conservation science.


Communication and Facilitation Skills for Conservation Managers

April 16-20, 2018

The IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group, in partnership with other leading international conservation organisations, will be delivering a professional training course designed to enable conservation managers, scientists and students to manage group decision-making processes more effectively. In today’s world many of the conservation problems we solve, decisions we take and plans we develop involve collaboration with other people and organisations. Such collaboration is difficult to achieve and requires a certain set of interpersonal and process skills to be most effective. This course is designed to achieve this, building your competencies around listening, conflict resolution, team development, problem-solving and collective group decision-making.  By the end of the course you should feel better equipped to manage internal meetings, difficult inter-personal discussions and design multi-stakeholder planning workshops. 


Additional Upcoming Courses:    

Practical Zoo Nutrition Management

May 7-11, 2018


Camera Trapping Study Design and Data Analysis for Occupancy and Density Estimation

June 4-15, 2018


Non-Invasive Techniques and Applications in Wildlife Endocrinology

July 23 – August 3, 2018


Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds

September 17-28, 2018 (Applications will open soon)

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