Course: Ecological niche models in R
When: 20-24 May 2019
Where: Free University of Berlin
Overview: Ecological niche models (ENMs) are a fundamental tool for working in global change biology. Predicting species distributions is key for designing conservation and management plans that remain effective in the long run. Further, combining population genetics with maps of the species potential ranges in the past (e.g. during the last glacial maximum), allows researchers to unveil the role of cyclic global climatic changes on population dynamics. ENMs use data on species occurrences (both past or present) along with climatic layers, to extract the climatic conditions where the species have been sampled, and map species potential range dynamics through time. ENMs have been widely used and discussed in the recent literature. Data and biases in the data, climatic layers and climatic models, and most of all, the models itself. How to test our map predictions and what those map predictions really mean was hotly debated in the last 10 years. In this workshop, we are going to teach you how to use R to program ENMs, models that aim to map the distribution of species based on its climatic requirements. Day by day, we will cover all the different steps of making an ENM and we will talk and discuss about their drawbacks (see below).
Instructors: Sara Varela (Museum fur Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany)
A. Márcia Barbosa (CICGE (Research Centre on Geo-Spatial Sciences))
Course website: https://www.physalia-courses.org/courses-workshops/course45/
All the best, Carlo