Modelling Patterns and Dynamics of Species Occurrence; a Nordic research training course

The presence or absence of a species across a set of landscape units is a fundamental concept widely used in ecology, e.g. in studies of species range or distribution, epidemiology, habitat modelling, resource selection probability functions, metapopulation dynamics, biodiversity and environmental monitoring.

An important sampling issue is that a species may not always be detected when present at a landscape unit. This will result in "false absences" causing parameter estimates to be biased if unaccounted for, possibly resulting in misleading results and conclusions.

This workshop will cover many of the latest methods for modelling patterns and dynamics of species occurrence in a landscape, while accounting for the imperfect detection of the species. Participants will be introduced to available software through worked examples, and there will be special emphasis on aspects of study design.

The workshop takes place at Finse Alpine Research Center, 12-17 September. For more information, see

Facts about the project
Project leader

Torbjørn Ergon, University of Oslo, Norway