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INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGICAL NICHE MODELLING

SECOND EDITION

18-22 July 2016

Observatório Astronómico Prof. Manuel de Barros

Faculty of Sciences University of Porto

Alameda do Monte da Virgem, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal


Do you want to know what is an Ecological Niche Model and how to calculate it? 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.

This course is orientated to PhD and MSc students, as well as other students and researchers working on biogeography, spatial ecology, or related disciplines. Participants will receive a diploma of course attendance, copies of presentations and materials used, a selection of the most relevant articles on Ecological Niche Modelling, and a copy of programs and other tools used in the course. When asked, course invoice will be issued for the registration fee.

Course Syllabus

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.

Day One:

  • Introduction to ENM theory.

  • Problems on ENM.

  • ENM methods.

  • Conceptual and practice steps to calculate ENM.

  • Applications of ENM.

Day Two:

  • Preparing variables.

  • Dismo practice.

Day Three:

  • Maxent practice.

  • Biomod practice.

Day Four:

  • Ecospat practice.

  • Students’ talks.

Day Five:

  • Final practice.


Recommended Background

Basic knowledge in Geographical Information Systems and R statistical package is necessary.

Course Format

The first course day will be mainly theoretical. The following days will be mainly practical with some short theoretical presentations. The course will be lectured in English.

Lecturer

Neftalí Sillero

Centro de Investigação em Ciências Geo-Espaciais (CICGE)

Faculty of Sciences University of Porto

https://sites.google.com/site/neftalisillero/

https://scholar.google.pt/citations?user=yJHOX7IAAAAJ&hl=en

http://na2re.ismai.pt/

neftali.sillero@gmail.com

Course Information and Registration

Only 24 inscriptions!

Students must bring their own laptops!

Dates: 18-22 July 2016.

Venue: Observatório Astronómico Prof. Manuel de Barros

Faculty of Sciences • University of Porto

Alameda do Monte da Virgem, Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal)

https://goo.gl/maps/Xaxfe

Observatório Astronómico Professor Manuel de Barros

The registration fee is 150€. To apply for the course, please fill the registration form (see below or download it from this link) and send it by mail to neftali.sillero@gmail.com.

The 24 course places will be fulfilled in strict order of inscription. After confirmation of registration by the organisation, students shall have one week to make a deposit for the course fee (150€). Final inscription on the course will be only valid after sending the bank payment receipt to the organisation.

Payment through bank transference to:

Universidade do Porto

IBAN: PT50 0035 0206 00010363530 87

BIC SWIFT: CGDIPTPL

Description: CURSO ENM

Fee: 150€

Introduction to Ecological Niche Modelling

posted Apr 21, 2015, 12:38 AM by Neftalí Sillero   [ updated Apr 13, 2016, 2:17 AM ]

INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGICAL NICHE MODELLING

6-10 July 2015

Observatório Astronómico Prof. Manuel de Barros

Alameda do Monte da Virgem, Vila Nova de Gaia


Do you want to know what is an Ecological Niche Model and how to calculate it? 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.

This course is orientated to PhD and MSc students, as well as other students and researchers working on biogeography, spatial ecology, or related disciplines. Participants will receive a diploma of course attendance, copies of presentations and materials used, one selection of the most relevant articles on Ecological Niche Modelling, and a copy of programs and other tools used in the course. When asked, course invoice will be issued for the registration fee.

Course Syllabus

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. Students will use two modelling programs: ModEco (http://gis.ucmerced.edu/ModEco/) and R, the free software environment for statistical computing and graphics (http://www.r-project.org/). Students will learn to use modelling algorithms like Maxent and ENFA, and R packages for computing ENMs like dismo and biomod2. Also, students will learn to compare different ecological niche models by ENMTools (http://enmtools.blogspot.pt/).

Day One:

  • Introduction to ENM theory.

  • Problems on ENM.

  • ENM methods.

  • Conceptual and practice steps to calculate ENM.

  • Applications of ENM.

  • Special cases.

Day Two:

  • ModEco practice.

  • ENFA practice.

Day Three:

  • Dismo practice.

  • Maxent practice.

Day Four:

  • Biomod practice.

  • ENMTools practice.

Day Five:

  • Final practice.


Recommended Background

Basic knowledge in Geographical Information Systems and R statistical package is necessary.

Course Format

The first course day will be mainly theoretical. The following days will be mainly practical with some short theoretical presentations. The course will be lectured in English.

Lecturer

Neftalí Sillero

Centro de Investigação em Ciências Geo-Espaciais (CICGE), Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto

https://sites.google.com/site/neftalisillero/
http://na2re.ismai.pt/

Course Information and Registration

Only 24 inscriptions!

Students must bring their own laptops!

Dates: 6-10 July 2015.

Venue: Observatório Astronómico Prof. Manuel de Barros, Alameda do Monte da Virgem, Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal).

https://goo.gl/maps/Xaxfe

The registration fee is 120€. To apply for the course, please fill the registration form (see below or download it from this link) and send by mail to neftali.sillero@gmail.com before 30/6/2015.

The 24 course places will be fulfilled in strict order of inscription. After confirmation of registration by the organization, students shall have one week to make a deposit for the course fee (120€). Final inscription on the course will be only valid after sending the bank payment receipt to the organization.

Payment through bank transference to:

Universidade do Porto

IBAN: PT50 0035 0206 00010363530 87

BIC SWIFT: CGDIPTPL

Description: CURSO ENM

Fee: 120€

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