INTRODUCTION TO DISTANCE SAMPLING WORKSHOP

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The Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB) at the University of Rwanda will be hosting an INTRODUCTION TO DISTANCE SAMPLING WORKSHOP on May 16-17, 2018 at the Huye Campus of the University of Rwanda.

The workshop will be conducted by Professor Kenneth Wilson from the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University, USA

The CoEB is inviting Research Associates and Affiliates from the University of Rwanda, and conservation biologists from the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management Nodes and partner organizations interested in learning about distance sampling theory and methods for wildlife management and conservation.

The purpose of the workshop is to train participants in the latest methods for design and analysis of distance sampling surveys, including line and point transects, for estimating the density or abundance of biological populations to better understand and manage these resources. 

The workshop will be taught at an introductory level and will focus on distance sampling methods.  The structure of the workshop will be a combination of lectures, computer sessions and discussion on both theory and practice.  Participants will learn how to use the computer program DISTANCE for data analysis.  The goal of the workshop is for participants to gain a solid understanding of both survey design and methods of analysis for distance sampling surveys.

Further details about the workshop will be provided by April 30. Please contact Tanya Shenk (shenktm@gmail.com) if you have any questions