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2nd Edition

Introduction to Ecological Niche Modelling

November 19th-23rd, 2018, Barcelona (Spain)

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Introduction to Ecological Niche Modelling

Course overview

This course will teach you the base theory of ecological niche modelling and its main methodologies. By the end of this 5-day practical course, you will have the capacity to perform ecological niche models and understand their results. You will be able to choose and apply the correct methodology depending in the aim of your study and type of datasets.

Ecological niche, species distribution, habitat distribution, or climatic envelope models are different names for similar mechanistic or correlative models, empirical or mathematical approaches to the ecological niche of a species, where different types of ecogeographical variables (environmental, topographical, human) are related with species physiological data or geographical locations, in order to identify the factors limiting and defining the species’ niche. ENMs have become popular due to the need for efficiency in the design and implementation of conservation management.

The course will be mainly practical, with some theoretical lectures. All modelling processes and calculations will be performed with R, the free software environment for statistical computing and graphics (http://www.r-project.org/). Students will learn to use modelling algorithms like Maxent, Bioclim, Domain, and logistic regressions, and R packages for computing ENMs like Dismo and Biomod2. Also, students will learn to compare different ecological niche models with Ecospat package.

This course is orientated to PhD and MSc students, as well as other students and researchers working on biogeography, spatial ecology, or related disciplines.

LOCATION

Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica (CRIP)

C/ Mestre J. Lladós, 1
08781 Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain)

How to get there

DATE

November 19th-23rd, 2018

LANGUAGE

English

COURSE LENGTH & ECTS

35 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.

PLACES

Places are limited to 20 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Instructor

Neftalí Sillero instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Neftalí Sillero
Centro de Investigação em Ciências Geo-Espaciais
Portugal

Coordinators

Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano coordinator at Transmitting Science

Dr. Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano
Transmitting Science
Spain

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science
Spain

Requirements

Basic knowledge in Geographical Information Systems and R statistical package is necessary. All participants must bring their own personal laptop.

Program

Monday, November 19th, 2018.

  • Introduction to ENM theory.
  • Problems on ENM + ENM methods.
  • Conceptual and practice steps to calculate ENM.
  • Applications of ENMs.



Tuesday, November 20th, 2018.

  • Preparing variables.
  • Dismo practice.

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018.

  • Biomod practice.
  • Maxent practice.


Thursday, November 22nd, 2018.

  • SDM practice.
  • Students’ talks.


Friday, November 23rd, 2018.

  • Final practice.

Fees

  • Course Fee
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  • Early bird (until May 31st, 2018):
  • 520
  • Regular (after May 31st, 2018):
  • 650
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches (VAT included).
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
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  • Early bird (until May 31st, 2018):
  • 520 + 275 = 795
  • Regular (after May 31st, 2018):
  • 650 + 275 = 925
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks, transportation from and to Barcelona city, accommodation from Sunday to Friday, breakfasts, lunches and dinners (VAT included).

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinators). Discounts (see Funding below) are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Accommodation

Accommodation Package

If you take the Accommodation Package you will be hosted in the Youth Hostel Can Roviralta, in single-sex shared dormitories (2 – 4 people) with common bathrooms.

A supplemental charge will be added if you prefer to stay in a single room with private bathroom. The number of rooms is limited and if you prefer to have a single room, let us know it as soon as possible. If you want more information on this please contact the course coordinators.

Accommodation is included from Sunday (check-in) to Friday (check-out). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also provided during the week, starting from the dinner of Sunday to lunch of Friday (included).

Other accommodation options

If you do not want the Accommodation Package, accommodation is available in places other than Els Hostalets de Pierola.

You may stay in Barcelona city (1:30 hours by public transport from the Venue), Martorell or Igualada (about 35 minutes by public transport from the Venue). You will find information about Hotels in Martorell here, and information about Hotels in Igualada here.

How to get to Els Hostalets de Pierola from Barcelona city, Martorell or Igualada.

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona, Spain)

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona, Spain)

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona, Spain)

Schedule

Course Schedule
  • Monday to Friday:
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
    • 13:30 to 15:00 Lunch (included).
    • 15:00 to 18:00 Lessons.
Accommodation Package Schedule
  • Sunday:
    • 19:00 Meeting point in Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona) to take the bus to Els Hostalets de Pierola. If you are planning to arrive later, you can find more information in How to get there.
    • 20:00 Registration in the Youth Hostel.
    • 20:30 Dinner.
  • Monday to Thursday:
    • 8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
    • 20:00 Dinner.
  • Friday:
    • 8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
    • 18:30 Meeting point in the Youth Hostel to take the bus to Barcelona city.
    • 20:00 Arrival at Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona).

The schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.

Funding

Discounts

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

Furthermore, a 20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Organizations with discount). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Spanish unemployed scientists, as well as Spanish PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinators. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.

Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Previous editions of this course

 

1st Edition, March 27th-31st, 2017

Course Introduction to Ecological Niche Modelling - 1st Edition, March 27th-31st, 2017Twenty people belonging to the following countries and institutions participated in this edition:

  • Australia: University of Queensland.
  • Chile: Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso.
  • Germany: Fisheries Research Station Baden-Württemberg – LAZBW.
  • Italy: University of Camerino.
  • The Netherlands: Wageningen Marine Research.
  • Portugal: Instituto de Ciências e Tecnologias Agroambiente da Universidade do Porto – CIBIO- InBIO.
  • Spain: Instituto de Ciencias del Mar – CSIC, Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat de València.
  • Sweden: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Switzerland: University of Zurich.
  • United Kingdom: Imperial College London, Royal Botanic Gardens – Kew, University of Bristol, University of Leeds.
  • Norway: University of Tromsø.

Organizers

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Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica (CRIP) Logo
Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) Logo

Collaborators

Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Castilla y León Logo
Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Euskadi Logo
Colexio Oficial de Biólogos de Galicia Logo
Col·legi Oficial de Biòlegs de la Comunitat Valenciana Logo
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) Logo

Registration