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1st Edition

Dealing with Uncertainty in Species Distributions

May 8th-11th, 2018, Barcelona (Spain)

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Dealing with Uncertainty in Species Distributions

Course overview

Species distribution data are always incomplete snapshots of actual species distributions, which are dynamic and thus constantly changing. Predicting species distributions and how they may evolve is crucial for ecosystem management and conservation planning, but the intrinsic unpredictability that is inherent to living organisms prevents accurate categorical forecasts of species’ occurrence sites, or accurate delimitations of their distribution ranges.

In this course we will analyse the limitations and uncertainties associated with species distribution records, and provide methods for dealing with them, including species distribution models treated with fuzzy logic and quantum mechanical concepts.

The course will include theoretical and practical lessons. We will use particular R packages, such as fuzzySim and modEvA, for 1) modelling species distributions based on available occurrence records; 2) evaluating the predictive capacity of these models using a varied set of measures that address different facets of model performance, such as discrimination, classification, explanatory power and calibration; and 3) incorporating natural uncertainty in analyses of species distributions, namely using fuzzy logic and formulas from quantum mechanics to assess similarity, diversity and change in biogeographical communities.

We will provide sample data for most of the course, but students will also have a chance to apply what they have learned to their own data if they wish.

LOCATION

Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP)

C/ de l’Escola Industrial, 23
08201 Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain)

How to get there

DATE

May 8th-11th, 2018

LANGUAGE

English

COURSE LENGTH & ECTS

28 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 1 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.

Instructors

A. Márcia Barbosa instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. A. Márcia Barbosa
CIBIO-InBIO, University of Évora
Portugal

Alba Estrada instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Alba Estrada
Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos, IREC (CSIC-UCLM-JCCM)
Spain

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

Participants must bring their own computer with R installed. Some previous experience with R is desirable but not mandatory.

Program

Monday, May 8th, 2018.

  • Morning:
    • Introduction to species distributions.
    • Types of distribution data: Presence-only, presence-absence, range maps.
    • Facing uncertainty in species distributions.
    • Introduction to modelling species distributions.
  • Afternoon:
    • Practice: Introduction to the R software and programming language.
    • Discussion.


Tuesday, May 9th, 2018.

  • Morning:
    • Presence-only, presence-background and presence-absence modelling methods.
    • Overview of R packages for modelling species distributions.
    • fuzzySim introductory practice: Obtaining distance-based fuzzy distribution data.
  • Afternoon:
    • Species distribution modelling with the favourability function.
    • fuzzySim modelling practice (with own or provided data).
    • Discussion.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2018.

  • Morning:
    • fuzzySim practice: Calculating fuzzy measures of similarity and diversity.
    • Calculating “quantum” measures of diversity and distributional change.
    • Practice with own or provided data.
  • Afternoon:
    • Evaluating the fit and predictive capacity of distribution models.
    • modEvA practice: Analysing and evaluating fuzzy distribution data.
    • Discussion.


Thursday, May 11th, 2018.

  • Morning:
    • Practice with own or provided data (wrap-up).
    • Short talk preparation.
    • Students’ short talks.
  • Afternoon:
    • Students’ short talks (continued).
    • Final discussion.

Fees

  • Course Fee
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  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2018):
  • 535
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2018):
  • 670
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches (VAT included).

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinators).

Accommodation

The course will take place in the city of Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain). Take a look at the venue.

You may stay in Barcelona city or Sabadell. You will find information about Hotels and Hostel in Sabadell here. It takes about 45 minutes by public transport to arrive to Sabadell from the centre of Barcelona city. The place of the course is about 15 minutes walking from the train stop.

Schedule

Course Schedule
  • Monday to Thursday:
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
    • 13:30 to 15:00 Lunch (included).
    • 15:00 to 18:00 Lessons.

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.

Organizers

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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