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[Computational-biology] Call for Applications: Applications of Spatial Data - Ecological Niche Modeling, a NIMBioS Tutorial

Catherine Crawley via comp-bio%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Mon Dec 4 13:32:46 EST 2017

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Tutorial, "*Applications 
of Spatial Data: Ecological Niche Modeling*," to be held May 16-18, 
2018, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives:* The distribution of a species may be influenced by an 
array of factors. The combination of these factors results in the 
ecological niche, the set of conditions that allow a species to exist in 
a geographic area. However, defining these conditions is difficult, due 
to the complexity of natural systems. One approach to characterizing the 
ecological niche uses spatial data GIS software. The objectives of this 
tutorial are to teach participants the concepts of ecological niche 
modeling, introduce them to select analytical techniques (formatting 
data in GIS; running Maximum Entropy (MaxEnt) models), and present how 
to interpret and apply spatial analyses. Participants will further be 
familiarized with several commonly-used and/or newly-available online 
spatial data resources. Participants will be provided datasets to use in 
hands-on simulations, but can also bring their own data if desired.

This tutorial is intended for advanced graduate students, postdocs, and 
faculty who are interested in learning how to incorporate ecological 
niche modeling into their research. Some basic knowledge of GIS software 
and ecology is preferred. Little to no programming will be involved, 
with ecological niche modeling and spatial analysis conducted using 
existing applications (MaxEnt) and packages in QGIS and R.

*Location:* NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

*Co-organizers:* Mona Papeş, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of 
Tennessee, Knoxville, and Director, Spatial Analysis Lab at NIMBioS; 
Greg Wiggins, NIMBioS

*Instructors: *Mona Papeş; Greg Wiggins; Town Peterson, Ecology & 
Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity Institute, Univ. of Kansas, 
Lawrence, KS; Xiao Feng, Institute of the Environment, Univ. of Arizona, 
Tucson, AZ

For more information about the tutorial and a link to the online 
application form, go to 

Participation in NIMBioS tutorials is by application only. Individuals 
with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and 
successful applicants will be notified within several weeks after the 
application deadline. Lodging, breakfast and lunch will be provided for 
tutorial attendees.
**Application deadline: February 15, 2018*

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from 
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to 
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life 
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with 
additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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