International Environmetrics Society announces course

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  • Author: Statistics Views and International Environmetrics Society
  • Date: 04 April 2013
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The International Environmetrics Society has announced that a two-day course on statistical methods for estimating abundance for natural resources will take place in conjunction with their annual conference, which is to take place in Anchorage, Alaska from 10th-14th June 2013.

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The course will include four one-half day modules:

1. Plot-based spatial methods (Jay Ver Hoef),
2. Distance sampling methods (Steve Buckland),
3. Mark-Encounter Population Estimation Methods (Gary White), and
4. Sampling designs (Don Stevens).

Management and research for natural resources starts with a basic understanding of the abundance of a resource, from which temporal changes and relationships to other factors are established. If the resource is easily visible, it is often counted or estimated from a sample of plots. If the resource is only partly visible, distance sampling methods can be used. If the resource is not visible, mark-encounter methods may be used. For all methods, appropriate designs can help extract the most information for survey effort. This course aims to cover these topics in a modular fashion, taught by some of the leaders in their respective fields.

Cost: $100/module ($50/module for students/developing countries). For further details, please contact jay.verhoef@noaa.gov

Instructors:

Jay Ver Hoef is a statistician with the National Marine Mammal Lab of the NOAA/NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA, though he works in Fairbanks, Alaska. His research interests are in spatial statistics and Bayesian statistics, especially as applied to ecological data. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and an adjunct professor
of statistics with the Mathematics and Statistics Department of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Steve Buckland is Professor of Statistics at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He is also Director of the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling at St Andrews, and Co-Director of the UK National Centre for Statistical Ecology. His research interests are distance sampling, modelling of population dynamics, and quantifying spatial and temporal trends in biodiversity.

Gary C. White is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. He has developed and continues to develop Program MARK, and currently spends his time consulting on quantitative wildlife issues, staying active in The Wildlife Society, and traveling in his Bigfoot motor home with his wife Liz and 2 Laborador retrievers that stay extremely fit during bird hunting season.

Don Stevens is a retired professor from Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, an Adjunct Professor of Statistics at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and an active consultant on environmental sampling design for several government agencies. He has over 30 years of experience in applying quantitative methods to issues arising in the environmental, biological, and physical sciences. His research interests have focused on the design and analysis of complex, multi-objective environmental monitoring programs. He was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Medal by the Section on Statistics and the Environment of the American Statistical Association (ASA). He is a fellow of ASA, an elected member of the International Statistics Institute, and President of The International Environmetrics Society (2012-2013).

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