Educational Opportunity: Occupation Modeling Workshop
Register now to participate in an upcoming educational workshop on the use of occupancy/detection models. This event will be held online on January 12-13, 2021. The workshop is open to all parties with discounted rates for both NCAFS members and for students and recent graduates who are not currently employed; see below for details.
If you need to join or renew your NCAFS membership, you can do so here. Registration will be first come/first serve until the course is filled. Thanks to the NCAFS Education & Outreach Committee for organizing this opportunity!
Topic: Introduction to Occupancy Estimation and Modeling
Instructors: Dr. Krishna Pacifici (NC State University), Dr. Colin Shea (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee), and Dr. Nathan Hostetter (NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and NC State University)
Date/Time: January 12 and 13, 2021 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day (with 1 hour for lunch)
Workshop Fee: $100 for NCAFS members, $125 for non-members, $10 for students and recent graduates without a full-time job (payment accepted via Paypal or mail)
Course Capacity: 30 people
Course Description: Occupancy estimation and modeling is used to account for imperfect detection of organisms in surveys and to determine the probability of the true presence or absence of a species at a site. This is done by quantifying the detection probability of a species at a site based off of empirical data. Occupancy modeling can be used to determine a species’ distribution and range, relate patch occupancy to habitat characteristics, determine effects of invasive species on native species, and much more. This two-day workshop will cover the basics of occupancy analysis, modern extensions including N-mixture models, and also discuss important study design considerations. This is an introductory level workshop and will utilize both a GUI-based program as well as analysis using R.