We have an active programme of events, including seminars, training workshops and public engagement activities.

All events

Broad-scale estimates of detection probability in North American landbirds, with implications for data integration

Date: 7 June 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Seminar Room, The Observatory

Speaker: Brandon Edwards, Carleton University, Canada Abstract: Since the 1970s, North America has lost approximately 2.9 billion birds, despite decades of targeted conservation efforts. In a world where biodiversity monitoring data is increasing year after year, but biodiversity itself continues to decrease, methods and expertise from the world of Big Data are now needed to…

Online live workshop: Introductory Distance Sampling

Start date: 10 July 2023
End date: 21 July 2023
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Online

The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) is delivering an online workshop ‘introduction to distance sampling’ via live web conference. This workshop, in 10 meetings over two weeks, address the fundamentals of distance sampling.  We introduce the concept of a detection function, understand how to estimate probability of detection when detectability is…

Online workshop: distance sampling when animals are missed at zero distance

Start date: 14 August 2023
End date: 16 August 2023
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Online

Are you concerned about missing animals on the transect line or point? This is the workshop for you! Conventional distance sampling methods assume that all animals at zero distance are detected with certainty. However, in some situations this assumption is violated, and some animals are missed, causing a negative bias in the density and abundance…

Online workshop: Practical design and simulation to optimise distance sampling surveys

Start date: 28 August 2023
End date: 31 August 2023
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Online

Good survey design is critical for obtaining reliable results in distance sampling surveys and meeting survey objectives. This workshop expands on the basic theory provided in our introductory workshops to demonstrate how our latest software can be used to generate optimal survey designs while respecting budgetary and logistical constraints. We will demonstrate survey design using…