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

All events

Online Workshop: Introductory Distance Sampling

Start date: 9 October 2023
End date: 20 October 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 imperfect.  The fundamental principles of this method also known as conventional distance sampling, forms the foundation upon which more advanced methods are based.

Philipp Boersch-Supan

Date: 11 October 2023
Time: 3:15 pm
Location: Seminar Room, The Observatory


Title: Counting birds and other hard problems

Abstract: The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is one of the world’s leading research organisations specialising in knowledge about birds. BTO organises and conducts a broad spectrum of ecological monitoring projects and is a major custodian of wildlife data, with datasets that are both extensive in space and time.

Analysing these data is not always straightforward, as non-random sampling, measurement errors and other challenging features are prevalent in many of them. I will present examples of recent BTO work on addressing these challenges in the context of estimating population trends from multiple data sources, estimating three-dimensional densities of birds around renewable energy infrastructure, and estimating the timing of birds’ annual cycles.

Online workshop: analysis of camera trap data with distance sampling, October 2023

Start date: 23 October 2023
End date: 27 October 2023
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Online

Camera traps are widely used for studying terrestrial animal populations. Several methods exist for analysis of camera trap data to estimate animal abundance. Use of distance sampling theory for analysis of camera trap data does not require identification of individual animals to estimate abundance, making it applicable to a much larger set of species. This workshop, through lectures and computer exercises, provides training in survey design and the analysis of camera trap data to produce abundance estimates.

Magda Chudzinska

Date: 22 November 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Seminar Room, The Observatory

University of St Andrews

Title: To follow