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  1. Methods and techniques applied on avian studies: short field course in Central Argentina When: November 11th to 15th. Where: Los Hornillos, Cordoba province, Argentina. https://goo.gl/maps/dkG3KrqgG95gjuUo9 Cost: $6000 Argentine pesos. The price includes transportation from Cordoba city, 4 meals and the use of the camping facilities. Participants should provide their own tent. + Info and program : https://forms.gle/NEK5idWSTWT3HXrw5 ornitologiadecampo@gmail.com
  2. Overview: This training program targets students with interest in wildlife handling, zoology, or veterinary science. Students will participate in annual capture and release programs focused on nonhuman primates, bats, birds, and small to medium size terrestrial mammals (rodents, marsupials, armadillos, tayras) in southeastern Peru. Participants will work alongside several wildlife biologists and veterinarians obtaining opportunities to handle a variety of mammalian and avian species, gaining valuable knowledge of their biology, learning to record morphometrics, collecting and processing a variety of samples, and becoming competent in several roles that are vital to a successful health screening program. Our work in this project is sanctioned by the Amazon Conservation Association, the Animal Care Committee of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and the Servicio Nacional Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre (SERFOR) in Perú. Program dates: May 27 – July 21, 2019 Start dates: May 27, June 3, June 10 Minimum stay required: 5 weeks (in special cases we will consider 4 weeks) Application deadline: April 14, 2019 (limited spaces available on a first-come basis) Program fee: $450/week; $2250 for 5 weeks Appeals to majors: Vertebrate Physiology, Anthropology, Veterinary Science, Zoology Training areas: Animal mark-recapture and handling, health assessments, vital signs monitoring, morphological measurement, sample collection and storage. Program link: https://fieldprojects.org/research/
  3. The Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society, in cooperation with Castleton University and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, will be hosting our 11th annual 2-week Wildlife Field Course in Castleton, Vermont, May 19-June 1, 2019. Please visit the course website for details and application materials: http://wildlife.org/ne-section/about/student-field-course/ The course fee is $950 and includes 3 undergraduate or graduate credits through Castleton University and room and board for the 2 weeks. The course is housed at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's Edward Kehoe Conservation Camp near Castleton with much field work on the nearby Bird Mountain Wildlife Management Area. The course emphasizes hands-on experience with basic field techniques (small mammal trapping, bird point counts, habitat sampling, radiotelemetry, etc.) and small group work organized around the theme of conducting a biological inventory. We also provide hunter education training and certification in Project Wild. The course is led by practicing wildlife biologists and ecologists who volunteer their time to serve as instructors providing great networking opportunities and career perspectives during evening discussion sessions. We usually have 20+ guest instructors from various state and federal agencies, consulting firms, and universities. The November/December 2017 issue of The Wildlife Professional (www.wildlife.org) has a short article on the course if you have access to it. Several chapters of The Wildlife Society offer full or partial scholarships to eligible students, too. Enrollment is capped at 20 students and we currently have 16 registered and hope to fill up soon. Please do not reply to this email with questions but contact me at: twsmcdonald@gmail.com. Dr. John E. McDonald, Jr. Immediate Past-President and Fellow, The Wildlife Society Associate Professor Department of Environmental Science 204D Wilson Hall Westfield State University Westfield, MA 01086 jemcdonald@westfield.ma.edu 413-572-8393 (w) 413-446-8389 (cell) Associate Editor, Wildlife Society Bulletin, Journal of Wildlife Management,and Ursus http://www.westfield.ma.edu/academics/environmental-science-department
  4. Registration is open for Transmitting Science course “Introduction to Bayesian Inference in Practice”, May 6th-10th, 2019, Barcelona (Spain). Instructors: Dr. Daniele Silvestro (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and Tobias Hofmann (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) Course overview Bayesian methods have become standard practice in several fields, (e.g. phylogenetic inference, evolutionary (paleo)biology, genomics), yet understanding how this Bayesian machinery works is not always trivial. The instructor will outline the relevant concepts and basic theory, but the focus of the course will be to learn how to do Bayesian inference in practice. He will show how to implement the most common algorithms to estimate parameters based on posterior probabilities, such as Markov Chain Monte Carlo samplers, and how to build hierarchical models. The course will take a learn-by-doing approach, in which participants will implement their own MCMCs using R or Python (templates for both languages will be provided). After completion of the course the participants will have gained a better understanding of how the main Bayesian methods implemented in many programs used in biological research work. Participants will also learn how to model at least basic problems using Bayesian statistics and how to implement the necessary algorithms to solve them. Participants are encouraged to think of potential applications of Bayesian inference in their research, which we will discuss and try to implement during the course. For more information please check the course webpage: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/statistics-and-bioinformatics/introduction-bayesian-inference-practice/
  5. WINTER COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT (Jan. 4-24, 2019) TROPICAL RAINFOREST CANOPY ACCESS TECHNIQUES (CAT W-19) COURSE LOCATION: Bocas del Toro Biological Station, Boca del Drago, Isla Colon, Republic of Panama. The biological station is located on a hill facing the Caribbean Sea. Coral reef and seagrass ecosystems lie out in front of the station and lowland tropical rain forests lie directly behind. This juxtaposition of the two most biologically diverse ecosystems provides tremendous opportunities for education and research. See: http://www.itec-edu.org/ for details. INSTRUCTOR: Bill Maher, Tree Climber Coalition, 251 Oak Grove Rd., Dawsonville, GA, 30534. Telephone 229-732-5973, email: billmaher251@windstream.net, Specialty: Tropical canopy access for research. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to provide students with the methodology and expertise necessary to explore and conduct research in the tropical forest canopy. The course involves a hands-on approach to the techniques necessary for accessing the canopy as well as lectures on various topics relating to climbing techniques, safety while climbing, facilitation of climbing activities, and combining scientific research with climbing. This course is the equivalent of the Basic Canopy Climbing Course, the Canopy Access Technicians Course, and the Facilitators Course, all done back-to-back over the length of the session. Certification confirming participation in the course will be awarded to those completing the course satisfactorily. For more information, contact Bill Maher or go to: http://www.itec-edu.org/forest-canopy-access-techniques/. INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECTS: Working closely with faculty and students in other courses, climbers will be responsible for designing and completing an original in-canopy research project of their choosing. These projects will be carried out during the second half of the course and students will have about 10 days for data collection. A few days before the end of the course students will analyze their data, write a technical report, prepare a presentation of their work and orally present their findings at a station-wide symposium on the last day of the course. COURSE LENGTH: ITEC Winter field courses are three weeks in length. The CAT W-19 will run from January 4 through January 24, 2019. TUITION: $1500 USD. Tuition fee includes all lodging, meals, use of all facilities, local transportation and airport transfers in Bocas del Toro. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 10, 2018. The course is limited to 10 students and applications will be evaluated as they arrive. If you believe that your application may arrive late, notify ITEC. APPLICATIONS can be found at: http://itec-edu.org/education-programs/application/. CONTACT: Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, 2911 NW 40th PL, Gainesville, FL 32605, tel: 352-367-9128, email:itec@itec-edu.org, web: http://www.itec-edu.org/ ITEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1996.
  6. Agency: PR statistics Location: Glasgow Scotland Course cost: £520 Dates: 10/15/2018-10/19/2018 https://www.prstatistics.com/ Applied Bayesian modelling for ecologists and epidemiologists (ABME04) This course will be delivered by Matt Denwood in Glasgow City Centre from 15th - 19th October 2018. https://www.prstatistics.com/course/applied-bayesian-modelling-for-ecologists-and-epidemiologists-abme04/ Please feel free to share anywhere you see fit. Course Overview: This application-driven course will provide a founding in the basic theory & practice of Bayesian statistics, with a focus on MCMC modeling for ecological & epidemiological problems. Starting from a refresher on probability & likelihood, the course will take students all the way to cutting-edge applications such as state-space population modelling & spatial point-process modelling and will be of interest to anyone studying population ecology of marine mammals. By the end of the week, you should have a basic understanding of how common MCMC samplers work and how to program them, and have practical experience with the BUGS language for common ecological and epidemiological models. The experience gained will be a sufficient foundation enabling you to understand current papers using Bayesian methods, carry out simple Bayesian analyses on your own data and springboard into more elaborate applications such as dynamical, spatial and hierarchical modelling. Intended Audience: Research postgraduates, practicing academics and primary investigators in ecology and epidemiology and professionals in government and industry. Oliver Hooker +44 (0) 7966500340 oliverhooker@prstatistics.com
  7. Introductory and advanced occupancy modeling courses | Oct. 2018, VA, USA Beginner/intermediate course: 15-19 October 2018 Advanced course: 22-26 October 2018 Occupancy models are a suite of methods that have been developed for examining the patterns and dynamics of species occurrence (e.g., presence/absence) across a region of interest, particularly while account for the imperfect detection of species. They may be used in a wide range of ecological applications, from simply providing a monitoring metric, to investigating relationships between the distribution of a species with environmental variables (i.e., species distribution modelling), or how these change over time. Darryl MacKenzie (http://www.proteus.co.nz/about.php) will be teaching an introductory and advanced workshop on these methods at Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, in October 2018. Each course is 4.5 days long with a course fee of USD$800 per course if registered before 24 September (USD$900 thereafter). A 10% discount is available if registering for both. For more more details got to: https://www.proteus.co.nz/courses
  8. 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/
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