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Advanced Ecological Niche Modelling Using R (ANMR01)

12th October 2020 - 16th October 2020

£275.00 - £550.00

Course Overview:

Ecological niche, species distribution, habitat distribution, or climatic envelope models are different names for mechanistic and correlative models, which are empirical or mathematical approaches to the ecological niche of a species. These methods relate
different types of ecogeographical variables (environmental, topographical, human) to species physiological data or geographical locations, in order to identify the factors limiting and defining the species' niche. ENMs have become popular because of their efficiency in the design and implementation of conservation management.

Have you built an Ecological Niche Model? If yes, you have already encountered challenges on data preparation, or have struggled with issues in models fitting and accuracy. This course will teach you how to overcome these challenges and improve the accuracy of your ecological niche models.

By the end of 5-day practical course you will have the capacity to

  1. filter records and select your variables with variance inflation factor;
  2. test the effect of Maxent regularization parameter in models performance;
  3. validate models performance and accuracy;
  4. perform MESS analysis, null models, and mechanistic models, as well as to build your “virtual species”.

Students will learn to use functions implemented in the packages “usdm”; “dismo”; “ENMEval”; “SDMvspecies”; “spThin”; and “NicheMapper” among others.

Intended Audience

This course is orientated to PhD and MSc students, as well as other students and researchers working on biogeography, spatial ecology, or related disciplines, with experience in ecological niche models.

Venue – PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street, Glasgow, G5 8LB – Google Map

Availability – 24 places

Duration – 5 days

Contact hours – Approx. 35 hours

ECT’s – Equal to 3ECT’s

Language – English


• COURSE ONLY – Includes lunch and refreshments and welcome meal Monday evening.
• ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE (to be purchased in addition to the course only option) – Includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and welcome dinner Monday evening. Self-catering facilities are available in the accommodation. Accommodation is approximately a 6-minute walk from the PR statistics head office. Accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3-4 people) single sex en-suite rooms. Arrival Sunday 28th July (between 17:00-21:00) and departure Friday 2nd August(accommodation must be vacated by 09:15). 

To book ‘COURSE ONLY’ with the option to add the additional ‘ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE’ please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Other payment options are available please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.com

PLEASE READ – CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations are accepted up to 28 days before the course start date subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations later than this may be considered, contact oliverhooker@prstatistics.com. Failure to attend will result in the full cost of the course being charged. In the unfortunate event that a course is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances a full refund of the course fees (and accommodation fees if booked through PR statistics) will be credited. However, PR statistics will not be held responsible/liable for any travel fees, accommodation costs or other expenses incurred to you as a result of the cancellation. Because of this PR statistics strongly recommends any travel and accommodation that is booked by you or your institute is refundable/flexible and to delay booking your travel and accommodation as close the course start date as economical viable.



Dr. Neftalí Sillero


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Course Programme


12th October 2020
16th October 2020
£275.00 - £550.00


PR statistics head office
53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom
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