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5 ECTS International PhD Course:
Modelling species distributions under climate change
Organiser: David Nogués-Bravo: Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.
Where and when: Summer 2013 - August 26-30
Fourth floor, Universitetsparken 15, Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate, Department of Biology, Copenhagen, DK-2100. Denmark
Faculty of Science of Copenhagen University, Department of Biology, Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate
Understanding species distributions is a core topic in ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation and global change biology. SDMs are a key tool for forecasting species distribution under climate change.
Deadline for application June 15th (more information at the bottom of the page)
This PhD course will cover:
- Ecological and evolutionary theory on species distributions and species niches
- Methodological issues (calibration, forecasting, validation,etc)
- Training in SDM software
- Applications of SDMs to a broad range of questions from global change biology to phylogeography
10-11h – Introduction to the course: Nogués-Bravo
11-13h – Ecological and evolutionary theory on species niches and distributions (lecture): Miguel B Araújo
14h-16h – Species Distribution Models, SDM, statistical theory and methods (lecture): Nogués-Bravo
16:00 – 18:00 - Phylogenetics, evolutionary biology and SDMs I (lecture/seminar): Catherine Graham
18:15 – 20:00 Icebreaking reception
09-11h – Introduction to BIOMOD (Raquel García)
11-13 – Challenges with model validation and model projection (lecture/seminar): Miguel B. Araujo
14-16h – Phylogenetics, evolutionary biology and SDMs II (lecture/seminar): Catherine Graham
16-18h –Brief introduction to BIOMOD: Raquel García
09-11h – Species distribution models applications to phylogeographic research (lecture/seminar): Marske
11-12h – Predicting species distribution under climate change: future challenges (seminar): Miguel B. Araújo.
13-16 - Modelling species distributions (BioMod practical): Raquel García
16-19– Discussion of PhD students own projects I. Araujo and Nogués-Bravo
09-11h – SDM applications to Global Change (seminar): Miguel B. Araújo.
11-13h – Modelling species distributions (BioMod practical): Raquel García
15-17h – Modelling species distributions with ModEco: Nogués-Bravo
17-19h – Discussion of PhD students own projects II. Graham and Marske
09-13h – Modelling species distributions (Biomod practical): Raquel García and Nogués-Bravo
14-19h – Workshop: reporting and discussion of the practical (evaluation). All the teachers
19:30 – Dinner and party for the students
A a maximum of 15 applicants will be selected according to the relevance of their PhD project. Some experience with R is required.
The course includes lectures, computer practicals (BIOMOD), seminars based on paper discussions, and opportunities to discuss your PhD projects. You should expect some preparation for the course through background reading (~20 papers). Students will be also provided with a new book on Species Distribution Models entitled "Ecological Niches and Geographic Distributions", published by Princeton University Press.
Deadline for application
Applicants should send a letter including an explanation about how the course will benefit their PhD project, a brief description of their PhD project and a short CV. Maximum 2 pages. Deadline for application is 15th June. Send the applications to David Nogués-Bravo: firstname.lastname@example.org