"Boot Camp" in
wildlife study design and data analysis
The 10-day "Boot Camp" is intended for those involved in wildlife research using techniques
such as presence/absence surveys or mark-recapture -
or those who need to understand the results of this research. More details
are here. See also
Who we are.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 7-18 January 2019
Sunway University, Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Selangor,
Malaysia. The University is located in
Bandar Sunway, and is close to the BRT line which connects to KTM
Komuter trains at Setia Jaya and the Kelana Jaya LRT line at
USJ 7. Parking on campus is limited, but there is a
multi-storey car park a few minutes walk away.
Dates: Mon 7 - Fri 18 January 2019, with rest days on
Thur 10 and Mon 14 January.
Registration fee: RM490, with an early-bird rate of
RM310 for those who pay before 15 November 2018.
The registration fee includes all workshop materials and
refreshments. Participants should bring their own notebook
computers. All software used is free of charge. Note that
lunch is not included: there are two canteens on the campus.
This workshop is now fully
booked and the waiting list is closed too.
specialist workshops for
In 2018, we ran workshops on Simulations and Modelling, Bayes with JAGS, Data Exploration, and GIS with QGIS
and R. Details are included on our
Past Workshops page. We
currently have no plans to run other specialist workshops; email
if you are interested in hosting one.
Note that all these workshops focus on techniques used for
terrestrial vertebrates; they can usually be modified for use with
invertebrates or plants, or for aquatic systems, but our examples
will be for terrestrial systems.
Simulations and Modelling in R
Simulations are an important tool for wildlife biologists when
designing a study. It enables you to explore different sample sizes
and sampling strategies, to see how best to collect data to answer
your research question. In addition, setting up simulations forces
you to think through how the data might be generated, ie, to create
a model of the system you are studying. More information
Bayesian analysis with JAGS and R
We introduce Bayesian concepts in the Boot Camp, but to
go beyond the simplest cases, you need to get to grips with JAGS
software. Here we show how to use JAGS for typical analyses of
wildlife data and provide skills to go further. Details of workshop content are
Data Exploration and Display with R
Checking, organising and exploring the
data are vital before starting on any analysis. Here we discuss
the process from recording in the field to ready-to-use data in
R and the presentation of the data and results using charts. Details of topics to be covered are
Introduction to GIS with QGIS and R
Geographic information system (GIS) tools are essential today for
understanding what is happening around us. QGIS software is free, open-source, cross-platform
software that is constantly updated for greater performance. This workshop is intended for those who want to
learn the basics of GIS but do not have access to proprietary
software. More details of the content are