Short course - Species Distribution Modelling 1.0.1: Concepts & application

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This short course will focus on introducing the concept behind different types of species distribution model and how to apply them.

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Species distribution models (SDM) are popular tools in quantitative ecology developed to investigate how the spatial distribution of a species (extant or extinct) responds to given environmental conditions (e.g., climate, elevation, soil characteristics, etc.). The increasing power of computer and new technical development (R packages, stand-alone software, etc.) make species distribution model easy to implement. However (as with any tool), a lack proper understanding of the underlying concepts of these models can lead to misuse (garbage in, garbage out) and misleading interpretations.

This short course will focus on introducing the concept behind different types of species distribution model and how to apply them. Attendees do not require any pre-existing knowledge or expertise in modelling and coding. This course aims to provide the pre-requisite theoretical background for future hands-on workshops (using R) given across nodes.

This session will include:

- The concept of “niche” (realised vs. potential)

- Different types of species distribution model

- Are all environmental variables relevant?

- How to make sure that a model performs well (or at least, not too badly)

- The uses and misuses of species distribution models

On completing this session, participants will be able to have a critical insight into species distribution modelling across the scientific community and beyond. Attendees will have a better understanding of the strengths, limitations and complementarities of the different types of model, and whether these tools are relevant to address their own research questions.

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Organiser CABAH Irinjili Research Training and Ethics Program

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CABAH's Irinjili Research Training and Ethics Program aims to foster future generations of researchers skilled in ethically appropriate methods, tools and technologies of the key disciplines in the Centre, and to develop career pathways towards secure leadership positions.  Irinjili is a multi-layered research training and mentoring strategy, incorporating thematic professional development workshops, CABAH theme focused introductory short courses and targeted collaborative masterclasses.  Irinjili also offers CABAH funded Researcher Exchanges incorporating cross-node collaboration and mentoring.  Training is also offered in conjunction with CABAH's Annual Symposium.

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