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Pre-Conference Workshops: January 7th, 2011

 

Workshop #1: Spatial Analysis in Macroecology

Jose Felizola Diniz-Filho - Universidade Federal de Golas
Richard Field - University of Nottingham, UK
Thiago Rangel - University of Connecticut, USA
Luis Mauricio Bini - Universidade Federal de Golas

Spatial Analysis in Macroecology (SAM) was developed as user-friendly software to perform different types of exploratory spatial analysis and spatial modeling, which have been applied in different fields of macroecology and biogeography. It is now in its fourth version.

We will briefly discuss how available techniques can be applied and interpreted, and we will provide simple examples of how to run them in SAM. We will then discuss new developments in spatial analysis implemented in the new 4.0 version, Moran's scatterplot, Spatial Eigenvector Mapping, geographically weighted regression, Mantel test, multi-model inference, and autologistic methods. Practical classes in SAM will show how to input data and how to perform basic techniques, such as exploratory spatial autocorrelation using correlograms, basics on statistical inference, spatial correlation, and different techniques of spatial regression, including autoregressive models.

The session will be a half-day, pre-conference workshop (7 January 2011, morning), limited to 40 participants. Cost is $65 US.

Alexandre Diniz-Filho, Thiago Rangel, and Mauricio Bini have presented over 20 courses on spatial statistics in graduate courses and at conferences worldwide, using the SAM software that they developed. Along with Richard Field, they presented the initial tests of SAM version 2.0 and 3.0 at two very popular workshops at the 2007 and 2009 IBS meetings, and will be using the newly released SAM 4.0 in Crete. For further information, please see their guest article in the Summer 2007 issue of the IBS newsletter.

Please bring your own laptop computer if you have one.

 

 

Workshop #2: Phylogenetic Analysis in Macroecology

Jose Felizola Diniz-Filho - Universidade Federal de Golas
Richard Field - University of Nottingham, UK
Thiago Rangel - University of Connecticut, USA
Luis Mauricio Bini - Universidade Federal de Golas

A new software for Phylogenetic Analysis in Macroecology (PAM) will be launched during the 2011 IBS, in a workshop similar to those previously developed for SAM software in Tenerife and Merida.  PAM has been developed in parallel to SAM and will provide a user-friendly software to perform different types of phylogenetic analysis in a macroecological context. The overall purpose is to perform comparative analyses and map to provide clues on the balance between historical and ecological processes driving diversity patterns. Analyses available will include standard phylogenetic comparative methods to measure phylogenetic signal and to correlate species' traits, as well as mapping their outputs in assemblages distributed in geographic space (the SAM interface). Also, similar assemblage analyses will allow users to calculate several indices of phylogenetic clustering and diversity.

The session will be a half-day, pre-conference workshop (7 January 2011, afternoon), limited to 40 participants. Cost is $65 US.

Please bring your own laptop computer if you have one.



Workshop #3: Communicating Biogeography

Rob Whittaker - Oxford University, UK

The workshop will provide an overview of how to put together a paper for journal submission (adopting an appropriate writing style, organization of material, structuring a convincing narrative, pace of referencing, importance of identifying core questions/hypotheses, use of tables, figures, etc), what happens in the peer review process, what reviewers and editors are looking for, the role of co-authors, etc. Participants will be give some draft manuscript material and specific taskts to work on (e.g. how to write Aims statements, writing abstracts, editing texts, preparing legends). The template for the excercises will be the Journal of Biogeography format and guidelines, but the workshop is intended to be of general value in how to prepare manuscripts for submission to any scientific journal. We will also look at the other side of the coin: the role and responsibilities of the manuscript reviewer

This will be a half-day, pre-conference workshop (7 January 2011, morning), limited to 28 participants. It is intended primarily for postgraduates and those who have completed their doctorates in the last 2-3 years. Cost is $50 US.

Rob Whittaker was sole editor and then editor-in-chief of Global Ecology and Biogeography from 1995 to 2004, and has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biogeography since 2004. He takes a keen interest in assisting writers, particularly graduated students, to improve their ability to communicate their research through publication. Please see his article "Outreach-Communicating Our Research" in the Winter 2007 issue of the IBS newsletter.

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