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Introduction to Ecological Niche Modelling

From 06 Nov 2023 until 08 Nov 2023 - BIOPOLIS-CIBIO, Vairão, Portugal (Face-to-face)
Introduction to Ecological Niche Modelling
Ecological niche models (ENM), and/or species distribution models (SDM), are a series of computer algorithms designed to predict the distribution of species in geographic space based on a mathematical representation of their distribution in the environmental space. These state-of-the-art tools are frequently used in different biological disciplines such as ecology, biogeography, evolutionary biology or conservation. This is the first of two courses aimed to provide (1) an overview of the theoretical aspects, applications and techniques of ENM, and (2) a series of practical cases exemplifying relevant scientific uses of ENM.

PROGRAM (21 hours)
Day 01 | November 06, 2023
| 9:45-13:00
1.1 Overview of the program. What is the niche? 
1.2 The Ideal Ecological Niche Model 
1.3 Data sources for species observations and predictor variables

| 14:00-17:45
1.4 Spatial data and common formats
1.5 Spatial data processing: GIS and R
1.6 Practical - Importing and mapping observations and variables

Day 02 | November 07, 2023
| 9:45-13:00
2.1 Diversity of algorithms - Presence/absence 
2.2 Diversity of algorithms - Presence-only 
2.3 Diversity of algorithms - Presence-background 

| 14:00-17:45
2.4. Practice - Modelling with example or own data. Running BIOCLIM, Maxent and GLM models.

Day 03 | November 08, 2023
| 9:45-13:00
3.1 Basic model evaluation (e.g. AUC, TSS) 
3.2 Practice - model evaluation
3.3 Practice - gathering results and preparing presentations

| 14:00-17:45
Students' presentations and evaluations. Other topics and questions.

Fernando Martinez-Freiria (Coordinator) | BIOPOLIS-CIBIO - PHENEVOL 
A. Márcia Barbosa
Urtzi Enríquez-Urzelai | Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Czech Academy of Sciences

The course will be open to a maximum number of 20 participants.
75% of available student slots are reserved for BIODIV students.
 Priority will be given to:
• 1st year and other PhD students attending the BIODIV Doctoral Program;
• PhD students attending other courses;
• Other post-graduate students and researchers.

65€ (students) | 100€ (other participants)
CIBIO-InBIO members will have an additional discount of 20%
Participation is free of charge for BIODIV Students MBGE 1st year Students & CIBIO's TwinLabs 
Registration fees do not include accommodation or meals

No ECTS credits are awarded for attending the course. Participants receive a certificate of attendance without quantitative evaluation

Application deadline: October 12, 2023

To apply, please fill the form available HERE

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