Introduction to Capture-Mark-Recapture (ONLINE)

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Date and Time:

Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 9:00am to Friday, September 30, 2022, 11:59pm

Registration Deadline:

Monday, September 5, 2022, 11:59pm


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Research and management questions often focus on obtaining robust (i.e., unbiased and precise) estimates of various demographic parameters about wildlife populations. Estimates of abundance, density, population growth, state transition rates, and vital rates can provide valuable insights into changes to population status as well as their drivers. Among the most popular and diverse approaches to estimating such parameters includes a suite of sampling and analytical methods known as capture-mark-recapture (or several similar terms). This class will focus on providing a solid foundation to using these techniques to answer a broad range of ecological and management-related questions. We emphasize asking good questions, identifying appropriate sampling methods rooted in animal behavior and ecology, and choosing the right analytical techniques. With these in mind, we will analyze example datasets using both 'canned' (MARK) and command-line software (R) during online lectures and practical exercises.

FORMAT: Students will take the course at their own pace over a 4-week period. The course is divided into discrete competency-based modules composed of pre-recorded lecture material and hands-on exercises. Students will interact with each other and the instructor by email, online discussion threads, and live Q&A. Each student will also have the opportunity to meet with the instructor via video consultation to discuss course materials and/or their individual datasets.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Jeff Stetz

DATES: September 6-30, 2022

How to Register:

Course fee: $650 professional / $550 student

For more information, please visit our registration page.


Contact Email:

Contact Name:

Jessica Kennelly