Over the last few years we have run numerous workshops on using the COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database and COMADRE Animal Matrix Database, and on matrix population models (MPMs) more generally.
Where better to run our next workshop than the upcoming Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting in Portland, Oregon?
This yearly conference brings together academics, students, and practitioners for a few days of talks and workshops on ecology and allied fields. Attendance is in the thousands — the last time it was in Portland (2012) the meeting drew an amazing crowd of 5000! Although not all attendees will have an interest in MPMs (shame!), there are sure to be more than a handful who’d like to know more.
To help with this, this year we are running a half-day workshop entitled “Introduction to Matrix Population Models and Comparative Population Biology Using the COM(P)ADRE Matrix Databases“.
Drawing from experience garnered over the last few years we will take attendees on a five hour journey from the very basics of matrix modelling to comparative MPM analysis using R. The expert instructors are drawn from the COM(P)ADRE committees and include Owen Jones (Uni Southern Denmark), Roberto Salguero-Gomez (Uni Oxford), Judy Che-Castaldo (Lincoln Park Zoo) and Iain Stott (Uni Southern Denmark).
ESA 2017 attendees were given an opportunity to book for the workshop when they registered for the main conference. However, it should be possible to register as a last minute attendee on-site.
If you can’t make it this time, rest assured that we will continue to run similar workshops regularly at relevant meetings/conferences. We also run them on request: We blogged about one of those here.
Here’s looking forward to some matrix modeling fun in a few days!