Spatial Point Process Models for Ecological Survey Data with INLA.

Mary Woodcock Kroble
Monday 23 January 2017
Start date: 20 March 2017 - End date: 23 March 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

EPSRC-sponsored workshop

20 – 23 March 2017, University of St Andrews


The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling at the University of St Andrews, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, will be holding a 4-day workshop on fitting spatial point processes to data from ecological surveys. The workshop will be held at the custom workshop facility at the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling in St Andrews, Scotland.

It will cover methods for fitting spatial point process models to data obtained from (1) surveys in which the locations of all population members in an area of interest are observed, (2) surveys in which the locations of population members are observed only within in a spatial sub-sample in an area of interest (as might be the case on plot sampling or strip transect surveys), and (3) surveys in which individuals are missed with some unknown probability (including distance sampling surveys).

Participants will be instructed in the use of the R package “inlabru”, which uses R-INLA to do Bayesian inference, and which was developed by researchers at the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh. It is available (currently as a test version) here: inlabru

The workshop will cover the essentials of the spatial point process methods underlying the software. Participants will be instructed in the use of the software on example datasets, with approximately half the workshop time being devoted to practical computer exercises.

Participants should be familiar with basic statistical methods and have some experience using the R statistical software package.

The course instructors are:


The number of participants on the workshop will be restricted to 35. Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis on receipt of a completed a registration form and payment in full.

This workshop will be offered at very low cost (£50) to participants thanks to the support of EPSRC, who funded the research behind this work. These fees cover the cost of instruction and lunch and coffee during the workshop.

Additionally we will be able to offer some limited financial support for travel and subsistence.  Priority will be given to those attending from developing countries.  To apply for this funding, please fill in the additional section in the registration form below stating:

  1. how your attendance at the workshop will benefit you in your job
  2. provide a budget outlining the costs of attendance.  Give details of travel costs, subsistence costs and an further information you think might be relevant.

Payment is made via the University of St Andrews online payment service. You will be asked to register if it is your first visit to the store. Please follow this link to the Online Payment Service.  Confirmation of a place on the workshop will follow once payment has been received.

CREEM Registration form


Please complete the registration form below and submit:

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Location and Travel Information

Accommodation Information


Please contact:
Lindesay Scott-Hayward
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
University of St Andrews
The Observatory, Buchanan Gardens
St. Andrews
Scotland KY16 9LZ
Tel:+44 (0) 1334 461824
Email: [email protected]

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