Spatial Modelling live-online workshop

Mary Woodcock Kroble
Thursday 16 July 2020
Start date: 5 October 2020 - End date: 9 October 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Spatially explicit models for distance sampling data: density surface modelling in practice

This workshop is now fully subscribed.


This course will cover how to fit spatial models to distance sampling data (“density surface modelling”) in R. This will include:

– Brief overview of distance sampling
– Generalized additive models
– Fitting, checking and selecting density surface models
– Predicting abundance
– Making maps

Examples will be based around a line transect survey of sperm whales in the western Atlantic.


The workshop instructor is Dave Miller.


5 – 9th October 2020, 1700-1900 BST // 1200-1400 EDT // 0900-1100 PDT

Enrollment limit:

The number of participants is limited to 15,  on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is confirmed on receipt of a completed a registration form and payment in full. Registration and payment details are below.

Format and delivery method:

The course will consist of 5 live sessions delivered over video-conference. Between these sessions there will be practical R exercises to complete and to assist with these practicals there will be text-based “office hours”, where participants questions can be addressed. Each video-conference session will include time for lecturing and discussion of practical exercises.


You should already know about distance sampling, for example by having taken an introductory workshop in person or online (either interactively or via our free pre-recorded lectures). You should also have some basic R knowledge.

Prior to the course we will running a software test meeting to ensure everyone can participate satisfactorily


Feel free to contact Dave Miller, [email protected] for more information.

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Information about the University of St Andrews Online Payment Services is available here.

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