SECR workshop

Applications of spatially explicit capture-recapture models

Instructor: Eric J. Howe, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St. Andrews.

This workshop will provide an overview of how spatially explicit capture–recapture models can be used to estimate animal abundance from spatially-referenced observations of individuals gathered by a variety of methods (such as live-trapping, camera-trapping, remote DNA sampling, area searches for animals or their DNA, and acoustic surveys). Basic survey design requirements and methods for estimating trends in abundance will also be briefly described. We will emphasize situations in which animals can be individually identified over models for ‘unmarked’ animals, and model fitting via maximum likelihood estimation rather than by data augmentation and MCMC. We will perform a simple analysis using R software and the ‘secr’ package, and reserve time for open discussion of participants’ own surveys or data sets.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with R software and the ‘secr’ package installed, and to read the overview of the secr package prior to the workshop.

Additional reading materials or data files may also be distributed via the symposium website prior to the workshop.

This full day workshop will be provided in Peterborough on May 4th. Workshop cost is $65.00. Registration for this workshop can be completed at the Trent University conference registration web site.