BES Novel methods in ecology skills workshop

The British Ecological Society Tropical Ecology Group will host a one-day ‘Novel Methods in Ecology’ Skills Workshop, Tuesday 11 September from 09:00 – 17:00 in Charles Darwin House, London.

There will be three half-day workshops on the following topics (with participants able to choose two):

1) Advances in Remote Sensing and Drone Technologies – Dr. Doreen Boyd – University of Nottingham
Ecologists have always benefited from the ability to acquire data about ecosystems remotely. This is especially the case for the tropics where access can be tricky. Throughout the almost 50 years of remote sensing for Earth observation there have many success stories for ecologists, with a widening access for ecologists to the technologies and methods provided by remote sensing. Probably, the most exciting of these is the recent proliferation of drones and open software to handle these data to extract the desired ecological information and insights. This workshop will provide an overview of remote sensing for ecology with a particular focus on drones and associated software, as well as considering data integration with other remotely sensed datasets (e.g., from terrestrial laser scanning; satellites). The workshop will be focussed on both theory and practice, with the opportunity to handle some data.

2) Plant Functional Traits and Tree Hydraulics – Dr. Thaise Emilio, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
The interest of ecologist in trait-based research has increased dramatically in the last years with the promise of reducing ecological complexity to a handful of traits. Panacea or not, basic knowledge about plant functional trait theory and methods must now be in the plant ecologists toolbox. This is what this workshop is about; introduce the basics of trait-based research in plants and present some methods of the fast growing area of tree hydraulics.

3) Analysis of Spatial Point Patterns – Dr. Janine Illian, University of St. Andrews
Spatial point processes model the structure reflected in the patterns formed but the locations of individuals in space. This workshop will introduce participants to flexible statistical modelling approaches based on spatial point process methodology. In particular, we will discuss flexible and computationally efficient modelling approaches that analyse the spatial point patterns as such, as well as those that consider the point patterns along with relevant properties of the individuals forming the pattern. There will be a short demonstration of the R package “inlabru”, developed by researchers at the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh, which is available here:

The workshops will be tailored to a broad ecological audience, so anyone interested in these topics is welcome to attend. Workshops will give a broad overview of the methodology and its use in ecology as well as some hands-on experience using some of the methodology. Lunch and coffee and tea will be provided.

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Registration closes on 11 August 2018.