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Advanced Courses in Life Sciences

1st Edition

Ecological Niche Modelling and Comparative Macroecology using ENMTools

January 14th-18th, 2019, Barcelona (Spain)


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Ecological Niche Modelling and Comparative Macroecology using ENMToolsCourse Overview

In this workshop the instructors will review the basics of Ecological Niche Modelling, focusing on the pros and cons of each type of model.

They will be introduced to new aspects of the ENMTools R package that streamline the ENM process and implement new methods for model visualization and evaluation.  Then they will move forward into comparative macroecology, learning how to compare different models and test hypotheses regarding patterns of niche evolution and the environmental significance of biogeographic boundaries.  Finally, students will learn new age-overlap correlation functions that allow us to visualize and test patterns of range overlap, niche overlap, and species co-occurrence in the context of a phylogeny.

This workshop will be hands-on, with practical exercises and time for discussion of students´ case study and data.

Students are encouraged to bring their own data to analyse.


Can Carol

C/ Font de la Reina, 5
08786 Capellades, Barcelona (Spain)

How to get there


January 14th-18th, 2019




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 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.


Dan Warren instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Dan Warren
Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center

Neftalí Sillero instructor for Transmitting Science

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


Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science

Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano coordinator at Transmitting Science

Dr. Ana Rosa Gómez Cano
Transmitting Science


Graduate or postgraduate degree in Life or Earth Sciences.

Basic knowledge of R, Ecological Niche Modeling and statistics.

All participants must bring their own personal laptop. We would like to encourage participants to bring along their own data.


Monday, January 14th, 2019.

  • Organization and introductions.
  • Installing packages.
  • Spatial data in R.
  • Point data, vector data, and raster data.
  • GBIF, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.
  • Interacting with Google Maps.
  • Working with raster and vector data.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019.

  • Review of ENM theory and applications.
  • Conceptual and practice steps to calculate ENM.
  • Applications of ENMs.
  • Problems on ENM + ENM methods.
  • Dismo practice.
  • Simulating species occurrence data: virtual species.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019.

  • ENMs with ENMTools.
  • Bioclim.
  • Domain.
  • GLM.
  • GAM.
  • Maxent.
  • Random forest.
  • Boosted regression trees.
  • Poisson point process models.

Thursday, January 17th, 2019.

  • Measuring niche breadth on ENMs.
  • Measuring niche overlap on ENMs.
  • Monte Carlo methods: conceptual overview.
  • Identity tests.
  • Background tests.
  • Rangebreak tests

Friday, January 18th, 2019.

  • Ecospat tests via ENMTools.
  • Pairwise MOSES tests for taxonomic scale.
  • Age-range correlation.
  • Age-overlap correlation.
  • Student projects


  • Course Fee
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  • Early bird (until September 30th, 2018):
  • 520 *
  • Regular (after September 30th, 2018):
  • 650 *
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches (VAT included).
    * Participants from companies/industry will have an extra charge of 100 €.
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
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  • Early bird (until September 30th, 2018):
  • 520 * + 330 = 850
  • Regular (after September 30th, 2018):
  • 650 * + 330 = 980
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks, transportation from and to Barcelona city, accommodation from Sunday to Friday, breakfasts, lunches and dinners (VAT included).
    * Participants from companies/industry will have an extra charge of 100 €.

20 % discount will be applied to your fee If you belong to any of the Institutions listed HERE. Discounts (see Funding below) are not cumulative and apply only on the fee.

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


Accommodation Package

If you take the Accommodation Package you will be hosted in the Rural House Can Carol, in single-sex shared dormitories (2 – 4 people) with bathroom en-suite.

If the number of participants exceeds the available rooms at Can Carol, some of them could be accommodated in the Hotel Tall del Conill, by registration order. The hotel is at 10 minutes walking, although transport will be provided in the morning and after dinner. Lunches and dinners will be with the whole group.

A supplemental charge will be added if you prefer to stay in a single room.

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 Can Carol: Where to stay near the Venue.

Rural House Can Carol

Rural House Can Carol (Capellades, Barcelona, Spain)

Rural House Can Carol

Rural House Can Carol (Capellades, Barcelona, Spain)

Rural House Can Carol

Rural House Can Carol (Capellades, Barcelona, Spain)


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 Capellades. If you are planning to arrive later, you can find more information on How to get there.
    • 20:00 Registration in the Hotel.
    • 20:30 Dinner.
  • Monday to Thursday:
    • 8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast.
    • 20:00 Dinner.
  • Friday:
    • 8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast.
    • 18:00 Meeting point in the Hotel to take the bus to Barcelona city.
    • 19:30 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.



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).

Unemployed scientists living in Spain, as well as PhD students based in Spain 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 coordinator. 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.


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