Camera Trap Distance Sampling workshop 27-31 May 2024

Posted 23 March 2024 by Len Thomas

Registration now open for the May 2024 Camera Trap Distance Sampling workshop. Registration deadline is 15th May 2024. In addition, the widening participation scholarship application period closes 8th April 2024.

Camera trap distance sampling training

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 live online workshop, through lectures and computer exercises, provides training in survey design and the analysis of camera trap data to produce abundance estimates. The workshop lasts 4 days, but is delivered over a 5-day period (27-31 October) to allow time for self-study.


The workshop is organized by the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) at the University of St Andrews. Instructors are:

  • Eric Howe, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry,
  • Samantha Strindberg, Wildlife Conservation Society,
  • Len Thomas, CREEM, University of St Andrews,
  • Noemie Cappelle, Biotope, and
  • Steve Buckland, CREEM, University of St Andrews


Registration is UKĀ£335 and the registration deadline is 15th May 2023. There is one free place available as part of our widening participation scholarship programme (deadline for applications 8th April) - see the web site below.

For more details and to register, please see the workshop web site

Timing and target international audience

A note on timing. The live component of the workshop will run from 11:00-14:00 UK time (British Summer Time). This timing is designed to suit suit participants from Europe, Africa and Asia, and get as close we can to working for participants in Oceania. It is also manageable for those from Eastern America. If you are keen on attending but the workshop time is not compatible with you, please email If there is sufficient interest we may run a workshop later in the year starting later in the (UK) day.

Other workshops

We also teach other workshops from time to time on distance sampling-related topics - for more information please see our workshops web page

Lastly, we have a free online recorded training workshop introducing distance sampling