30 May 02 Jun 2022
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MODELS IN INVASION ECOLOGY: CHALLENGES AND APPLICATIONS
MODELS IN INVASION ECOLOGY: CHALLENGES AND APPLICATIONS

From May 30, until June 02, 2021 - CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão, Portugal (Online & Face-to-face)

SHORT DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES:

Modelling invasive species distribution

This course will be coordinated by Joana Vicente (CIBIO) and Quentin Groom (co-chair of the COST Action CSI)

Objectives and skills that will be provided

  • Invasion ecology;
  • Different modelling techniques, namely:

Habitat Suitability modelling, Stochastic dynamic modelling, Multivariate modelling;

  • Introduction to R software and statistical programming;
  • Spatial analyses of ecological and environmental data;
  • Species mapping using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

 
PROGRAMME/ SCHEDULE

Day 1

9:45-10:00 |Welcome message 

10:30-11:30 | OPEN LECTURE – Alien invasive species: patterns, processes, and impacts (by João Honrado)

11:30-11:45 | Break

11:45-12:30 | OPEN LECTURE – Theory, concepts, assumptions and principles of biodiversity models (by Joana Vicente)

12:30–14:00 | Lunch

14:00–14:45 | LECTURE – Down on earth and up in the sky – applications of satellite and UAV very-high resolution imagery for invasion mapping and surveying (by João Gonçalves & Renato Henriques)

14:45–16:15 | PRACTICALS (PART I) – Aerophotogrammetry using UAV’s for remote sensing of plant invaded sites - field session (by Renato Henriques & João Gonçalves)

16:15–16:30 | Break

16:30–17:45 | PRACTICALS (PART II) – Aerophotogrammetry using UAV’s for remote sensing of plant invaded sites - room session (by Renato Henriques & João Gonçalves)

Day 2

9:45-10:45 | OPEN LECTURE – Habitat Distribution Models (by Joana Vicente)

10:45-11:00 | Break

11:00–12:30 | PRACTICALS (PART I) – HDMs – Introduction into spatial modelling of ecological niches of alien invader species (by Joana Vicente and João Gonçalves)

12:30–14:00 | Lunch

14:00–15:30 | PRACTICALS (PART II) – HDMs – Introduction into spatial modelling of ecological niches of alien invader species (by Joana Vicente and João Gonçalves)

15:30–15:45 | Break

15:45-16:45 | OPEN LECTURE – Multivariate statistics in R (by Ana Sofia Vaz)

16:45-17:45 | PRACTICALS (PART I) – Applying multivariate models in invasion ecology (by Ana Sofia Vaz & Joana Vicente)

Day 3

9:45-10:45 | PRACTICALS (PART II) – Applying multivariate models in invasion ecology (by Ana Sofia Vaz & Joana Vicente)

10:45-11:00 | Break

11:00–12:00 | OPEN LECTURE - The Stochastic Dynamic Methodology (StDM) - Towards spatially dynamic tools for local conservation and forest planning (by João Alexandre Cabral & Mário Santos)

12:00–14:00 | Lunch

14:00–15:30 | PRACTICALS (PART I) – The Stochastic Dynamic Methodology (StDM) - StDM fundamentals and description in practice (by João Alexandre Cabral, Mário Santos, and Rita Bastos)

15:30–15:45 | Break

15:45-17:15 | PRACTICALS (PART II) – The Stochastic Dynamic Methodology (StDM) - Demonstrative StDM modelling applications on the scope of alien tree distribution (by João Alexandre Cabral, Mário Santos, and Rita Bastos)

Day 4 - OPEN DAY

Morning

09:45-10:15 - LECTURE I - Detecting and accounting for observation preferences of citizen scientists (Cost CSI TEAM) (20’ talk + 10’ discussion)

10:15-10:45 - LECTURE II - Creating workflows to merge and validate citizen science data (Cost CSI TEAM) (20’ talk + 10’ discussion)

10:45-11:15 - LECTURE III - How to include non-professional taxonomic experts in the scientific process (Cost CSI TEAM) (20’ talk + 10’ discussion)

Break (15’)

11:30-12:00 LECTURE IV – Engaging Citizen Scientists into spotting, reporting and understanding Marine Alien Species (Cost CSI TEAM) (20’ talk + 10’ discussion)

12:00-12:30 LECTURE V – New technologies for new research with citizen scientists (Cost CSI TEAM) (20’ talk + 10’ discussion)

12:30-13:00 LECTURE VI – Getting additional value from citizen science observations(Cost CSI TEAM) (20’ talk + 10’ discussion)

Lunch (13:00-14:00)

Afternoon:

14:00-17:15 - PRACTICALS - Designing a project to understand, monitor and model invasive species through citizen science (by the Alien CSI team)

Hours: 24


IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The course will be taught in English.

The course is developed for students and researchers at early stage of their career. They are not expected to have advanced experience with programming and statistics but should be interested in getting a broader view of modelling options.

No previous knowledge about R is required.

Students should preferably use their own laptops for the course. Students are required to install R in their laptops prior to the course. The necessary instructions to perform this task will send by email one week prior to the start of the course.

A document with an extended summary of the lessons contents and bibliography will be delivered by email to the students one week prior to the start of the course.


COURSE INSTRUCTORS

Joana Vicente | CIBIO/INBIO | ECOCHANGE

Ana Sofia Vaz | CIBIO/INBIO | ECOCHANGE

João Honrado | CIBIO/INBIO | ECOCHANGE

João Gonçalves | CIBIO/INBIO | ECOCHANGE

Renato Henriques | Universidade do Minho


INTENDED AUDIENCE

The course will be open to a maximum number of 15 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.


APPLICATIONS DATES

Registration deadline: April 18, 2022
All applicants will be notified about whether they are accepted until April 29, 2022


REGISTRATION

Participation is free of charge for BIODIV students | 80€ (students) | 150€ (other participants). CIBIO-InBIO members will have an additional discount of 20%
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Please note the rules apply for all BIODIV students

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Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by email.