ROOM: RSCC, F6
Species distribution models (SDMs) are frequently used to describe patterns and understand relationships between environmental characteristics and species occurrence records. As use and development of SDMs expands, coupled with a wealth of openly available species occurrence records, a new interest in combining multiple data sources to improve estimates of species distribution has resulted in the development of data integration methods for SDMs. This workshop will introduce users to recently developed integrated SDMs and provide hands-on model fitting opportunities. We will begin by illustrating the progression from general SDMs to integrated SDMs and continue with describing method development and exploring focal models. We will then transition to fitting a suite of integrated SDMs, naturally building in model complexity, while discussing applications of the models. Participants will work within the R environment to access external software, OpenBUGS, during hands-on model fitting and interpretation, and will have access to all workshop materials for use in their own research.
Organizers: Krishna Pacifici, David Miller, Brent Pease, Courtney Davis
Supported by: Biometrics Working Group