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AFEC-X 2016, Application Open

May 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2016 

Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China

Dates: 9 Oct – 20 Nov 2016 (6 weeks)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration:  open until 31 July and 31 August 2016 for application out of China and in China respectively.

Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation, Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, Key Laboratory of Tropical Plant Resource and Sustainable Use, and Science Communication and Training Department of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Course fee: RMB 8,000 (or 1350 USD , high-income countries/regions), RMB 2,500 (or 420 USD, other countries/regions) based on your salary country, which is not necessarily your home country. The course fee will cover course materials, lecture room renting, teaching allowance, local transport at the training sites etc.

Food and hotel costs: the course organizer will arrange food and hotel, and will have fund to cover part of the cost for all participants. Every participant needs to pay RMB 4,000 (or 680 USD) for the rest part of the fee.

Scholarships: We have some budget for scholarships (see the application form for details), which will be awarded based on both merit and financial need.

Course credits: AFEC-X has obtained accreditation from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS). Graduate students from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS) and institutes under CAS will receive five course credits towards their degree program upon completion of the AFEC-X field course. Other participants may be able to arrange recognition of these credits by their home institutions.

About: This program is an intensive course in field research methods, including research design, sampling and data analysis, intended primarily for early-stage graduate students in Ecology and Conservation. A typical day will include lectures, practical work in the field or laboratory, and opportunities for informal discussion. Participants will take part in established long term field monitoring experiments and gain experience in independent project design. With guidance, participants will develop and present research proposals and conduct field-based data collection. The statistical program R will be introduced and used for the data analysis throughout the course. The course concludes with a symposium, where participants present results of course activities amongst their peers and instructors. The course is based mainly at XTBG, with excursions organized to different field sites in the region. During the training course participants are encouraged to approach the XTBG professors to discuss their current research and future plans. For more details, see Modules and People.

Topics: Tropical Environments, Biodiversity Science, Conservation Biology, Soil Ecology, Plant-Animal Interactions, Invasive Biology, Climate Change Biology, Molecular Ecology,  G.I.S. and Spatial Modelling, Experimental Design and R Statistics, Presentation and Writing Skills, and more.

If you have any questions about the course, please email to

Mr. Jingxin Liu liujingxin@msn.com or

Prof. Richard Corlett corlett@xtbg.org.cn or

Associate Prof. Alice Hughe ach_conservation@hotmail.com

Do not hesitate to download the AFEC-X 2016 Application form if you are interested and spread this notice to anyone you think might be interested.

 

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XTBG Spatial analysis workshop 2016 calls for applicants

May 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Title: Spatial Ecology: XTBG Spatial analysis workshop 2016

Type: Workshop

Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China

Dates:  18 – 23 July 2016 (6 days)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration: Registration is open until 8 July 2016

Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation, Science Communication and Training Department of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Course Fee: RMB 1200

Accommodation, food and local transport: the fee will cover local transport, teaching materials, and food etc., but will not cover accommodation. Participants are free to choose any hotel during the workshop, but we can help to get a discounted price if participants choose to stay in the Jinjiangyuan Holiday Inn 勐腊金江源假日酒店 in the town (http://hotels.ctrip.com/hotel/909640.html#ctmref=hodhpsblst  or the Royal Waterlily Hotel 王莲宾馆 in XTBG (http://www.royalwaterlilyhotel.com).

About: The aim of the workshop is to teach participants how to use GIS software and understand how to develop analyses which best utilise spatial approaches. We will go through various GIS techniques, and learn how we can simulate the environment at an ecologically relevant and adaptable spatial-temporal scale for any given study. From this will move onto modelling approaches, and use techniques which explore the relationship between organisms and environmental conditions. We will then use various spatial statistical approaches to further explore the data.

Students will then be expected to build their own spatial ecological study, using their own data and with the support and guidance to develop a rigorous approach to understanding their data from a novel perspective.

The workshop is targeted for graduate students, professionals and well trained practitioners

Topics: ArcGis and QGIS, Basic GIS, GPS and GIS, Experimental design, Projections, datum and coordinate systems, Remote sensing, Creating data layers, Changing resolutions, Finding data, Standardisation and quality, Databasing, Species distribution modelling, Understanding environmental change, Spatial statistics

Students’ number: 30 maximum

Instructors: Associate Professor Alice Hughes

If you have any questions about the course, please email liujx@xtbg.org.cn , and/or ach_conservation@hotmail.com

 

Do not hesitate to download the Application form if you are interested.

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