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Multi-species Occupancy Modeling Workshop

February 20 @ 9:00 AM - February 21 @ 4:00 PM

Multi-species Occupancy Modeling Workshop

The UF Biodiversity Institute is sponsoring a Multi-Species Occupancy modeling workshop on February 20-21, 2020, 9:00AM-4:00PM, E251 CSE Bldg.. The two-day workshop will provide an introduction to occupancy models, with a focus on how to fit multi-species occupancy models and interpret the model output.

Single-species occupancy models are a well-established method to model both the presence and absence of species, while simultaneously estimating the likelihood of detecting a species. This framework can be extended to model the occurrence of multiple species across multiple sites, while accounting for detection probability. Multi-species Occupancy Models (MSOMs) provide a generalizable framework for joint species distribution modeling (jSDMs), which is a rapidly advancing topic with many potential applications in ecology, evolution and conservation. This two-day workshop has been designed to provide a background in occupancy modeling, with single-species occupancy models on day one, and moving on to multi-species occupancy models on day two.

Organized by Jessica Hightower, Ph.D. candidate, Interdisciplinary Ecology,, the workshop features instructors Dr. Rob Fletcher, Professor, and Gavin Jones, Postdoctoral Associate, from the UF Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.

Workshop Goals:

1) Provide a theoretical background to both single and multi-species occupancy models
2) Demonstrate how to fit occupancy models in R using available packages
3) Learn how to interpret the output and determine the biological relevance
4) Discuss common challenges of multi-species occupancy models and potential applications

Lunch and coffee will be provided by the UF Biodiversity Institute.

Date: February 20-21, 2020

Time: 9:00 – 4:00

Location: UFBI/UFII Lecture Room, CISE Bldg E251

Registration: Closed


February 20 @ 9:00 AM
February 21 @ 4:00 PM


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432 Newell Drive, E251 CSE
Gainesville, 23611 United States
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