FEPS/OBIS/OTGA/SEF Training Course: Marine Species Distribution Modeling 12 – 16 March 2018, Oostende, Belgium

From Our colleagues at OceanTeacher

1512575907_OTGA course flyer_MSDM_March_2018We are pleased to inform you that the period for applications for the following Training Course is open between 6 December 2017 – 14 January 2017:

 Marine Species Distribution Modeling

We therefore invite you to share this information among potential interested candidates in your country and Region.

All information, including a course flyer, can be found following the link http://www.ioc-unesco.org/MSDM


The training course Marine Species Distribution modeling covers the background knowledge on marine biogeography, and the technical aspects needed to develop Species Distribution Models. Students will be trained in the basics of statistical modeling and guided through the modeling phases: compile distribution data from open access databases (e.g. OBIS) and environmental information from publically available ecological data layers using Geographic Information Systems, make informed decisions on parameter settings and select the best methods for developing distribution models, forecast distributions under different Climate Change scenarios, validate models and incorporate results in scientific manuscripts and technical reports.

The course includes theoretical lectures and hands-on exercises using predominantly case studies of marine macroalgae. Students are encouraged to bring their own datasets.

Learning Outcomes

Understand distributions of marine organism and predict shifts in response to Climate Change.

Develop skills for taking the best decisions and applying the correct statistical tools needed for Species Distribution Modeling (SDM).

Being able to discuss the results of SDM into scientific manuscripts and technical reports, and defend them to a wide audience.

Understand the strengths and limitations when applying SDM to real cases.

Recognize the importance of good practice in Species Distribution Modeling

Course Topics

Marine biogeographical distributions and niche modeling.

Niche concepts: what niche is being modeled?

Basis of Statistical Distribution Modeling.

Definition of correlative and mechanistic SDMs.

Desired properties, modeling phases & decisions, the recipe.

Introduction to GIS and distribution data mining.

Modeling methods (e.g. Bioclim, GLM, Maxent, boosted tree regression)

Equilibrium assumption, transferability and forecasting.

How to write an article/oral presentation using SDMs.

Target Audience

marine researchers and postgraduate students (MSc and PhD students) with particular interest in macroalgae or benthic organisms;

NOTE: priority will be given to participants originating from Europe and / or involved in European marine research projects. UNESCO is committed to promote gender equality. Therefore, applications from women are strongly encouraged.

Course Pre-requisites

Basic knowledge on Ecology & Statistics

Need to bring own laptop

Working knowledge of English

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to all successful students.

 Application process:

Please read the information on how to apply available on the OceanTeacher Global Academy website (http://bit.ly/2ACZY9r) and fill the online application form on http://bit.ly/2ABlgE2 no later than 14 January 2018.
Before starting filling the online application form, please make sure to have available the following:
– a motivation statement (text file) of maximum 300 words;
– your passport number or, in case you are a national of the host country a valid identification/citizen card can be used instead of the passport;
– scan of the endorsement letter (in case you are asking for funding)
– link to your profile on OceanExpert (www.oceanexpert.net); if you don’t have one make sure you create one in advance.
The deadline to submit the application closes 14 January 2017. Do not leave for the last minute since the system will close automatically. In case you have any questions please contact the organisers well in advance: given time differences and the holiday period you may not get a reply to your questions immediately.

Both full- and co-sponsoring are available for a limited number of participants. For detailed information check the OceanTeacher website (www.oceanteacher.org).

In case of questions contact Claudia Delgado (c.delgado@unesco.org), OTGA Coordinator.

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