Introductory workshop 09-20 January 2023

Posted 24 October 2022 by Eric Rexstad

Registration is now open; closing on 30 November 2022

Interactive introductory distance sampling training

The University of St Andrews has been training ecologists and statisticians in design and analysis of distance sampling studies for decades. Distance sampling methods are widely used in population assessment of many different taxonomic groups. Perhaps youโ€™ve wanted to attend a previous workshop, but schedules conflicted with your field work. ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŒพ

We are offering the training workshop in 10 2.5-hour blocks in January 2023. You will be invited to interact in short lectures on distance sampling principles. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“ Exercises analysing data sets in R will reinforce those principles and the lecturer will be available to assist during the practical session via screen sharing. The session will conclude with a summary of the exercise and question/answer session for both lecture and exercise. ๐Ÿ’ป You can participate in polls during the workshop to assess your comprehension of topics discussed. ๐Ÿค” In addition to questions at any time during the lectures and practicals, an optional additional half hour will be set aside each session for discussion of topics arising. ๐Ÿ—ฃ

The workshop will be delivered using Zoom web conferencing software along with R-Studio โ€œin the cloudโ€.โ˜๏ธ You will need (free) accounts for both pieces of software. I encourage you to experiment with Zoom (at and before the workshop begins. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป There will be an internet connection testing and general orientation session prior to the first workshop meeting that takes place on 09 January.

Important details

  • Workshop dates and time: 09-20 January 2023; 1400-1630 British Standard Time.
    • For the time of day in your time zone, consult this web page ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ
  • Registration deadline: 30 November 2022 ๐Ÿ“…
  • Enrolment limit: 14
  • Cost: 225 British pounds ๐Ÿ’ต
  • What is included: Lectures, exercises, code, data all available online๐Ÿ“ƒ

Widening participation scholarship

One place will have the registration fee waived, for participants from under-represented groups. Details of eligibility and application process at Deadline for scholarship application for the January 2023 introductory workshop is 26 October 2022.โ€‚โ€‚โ€‚

What they are saying

I would like to say I really liked RStudio Cloud and it is working just fine and I am really enjoying using it as a student. Iโ€™m looking forward to using it as an instructor too. I really liked the first half of the course. I love distance sampling and I am enjoying every second of the course! The only thing I can say about this particular workshop is it deserves more time. โ€“ Kaan ร–zgencil, PhD student, Department of Biological Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

Further details

At the webpage above, you will find a link to the St Andrews online shop where payment is made. After registration, I will contact you with additional details regarding workshop electronic materials, etc.