• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 

 

 

 
 
ADVANCED COURSE: ECOLOGICAL NICHE MODELLING - FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE
February 17-21, 2020 | CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão, Portugal
2020-02-17
 

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. The aims of this course are 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.

 

PROGRAMME

 

Day 1
Morning
Presentation of instructors and participants.
1.1 Overview of the program. What is the niche?
1.2 The Ideal Ecological Niche Model
1.3 - Which data? Data sources for observations and explanatory variables.

Afternoon
1.4 Practical session - Intro to R and QGIS

 

Day 2
Morning

2.1 Diversity of algorithms - Presence/absence
2.2 Diversity of algorithms - Presence-only
2.3. Diversity of algorithms - Presence-background
Afternoon
2.4. Practice - Exercises with example or own data. Running GLM, BIOCLIM and Maxent models.

 

Day 3
Morning
3.1 - Model Performance - Diversity of metrics
3.2 - Model comparison - Null hypothesis testing
Afternoon
3.3 – Practice – performance of models / niche comparison tests

 

Day 4
Morning
4.1 - Projection in time (past, future)
4.2. - Projection in space
4.3 – Alternative to correlative models: mechanistic / hybrid approaches
Afternoon
4.4 – Practice – Run models and projections. Example with Multimodelling platforms.

 

Day 5
Morning
Students presentations. Other topics and questions.

 

COURSE INSTRUCTORS
Fernando Martínez-Freiría - CIBIO-InBIO | BIODESERTS, PHENEVOL 
Pedro Tarroso - CIBIO-InBIO | BIODESERTS
Ana Márcia Barbosa 
Urtzi Enriquez Urzelai - CIBIO-InBIO | PHENEVOL

INTENDED AUDIENCE
The course will be open to a maximum number of 20 participants.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA
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.

 

REGISTRATION
Participation is free of charge for BIODIV students | 95 € (students) | 200 € (other participants). CIBIO-InBIO members will have an additional discount of 20%.

To apply, please fill the form available HERE

 

Registration deadline: December 12, 2019
All applicants will be notify about whether they are accept until December 19, 2019

 

 

Please note that new rules apply for all BIODIV students.