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.
- 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
- 18:30 Meeting in Heraklion (Archaeological Museum) or Chania (Coach Station) to take the bus to Gerakári.
- 20:15 Check-in at Alexander Hotel.
- 20:45 Dinner.
- Tuesday to Thursday:
- 8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
- 20:30 Dinner.
- 8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
- 18:30 Meeting at Alexander Hotel to take the bus to Heraklion or Chania.
- 20:15 Arrival in Heraklion (Archaeological Museum) or Chania (Coach Station).
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 Greece, as well as PhD students based in Greece 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.
Previous editions of this course
1st Edition, March 27th-31st, 2017
- 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.