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ONLINE COURSE – Advanced Ecological Niche Modelling Using R (ANMR01) This course will be delivered online

25 January 2021 - 29 January 2021


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.

This is a ‘LIVE COURSE’ – the instructor will be delivering lectures and coaching attendees through the accompanying computer practical’s via video link, a good internet connection is essential.

TIME ZONE – Western European Time +1 – however all sessions will be recorded and made available allowing attendees from different time zones to follow a day behind with an additional 1/2 days support after the official course finish date (please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.com for full details or to discuss how we can accommodate you).

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 – Delivered remotely

Availability – 24 places

Duration – 5 days

Contact hours – Approx. 35 hours

ECT’s – Equal to 3ECT’s

Language – English

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.


Dr. Neftalí Sillero
Dr. Salvador Arenas-Castro
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25 January 2021
29 January 2021
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