List Of Graduate/professional Training Courses Offered

19th November 2012

Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
Graduate/Professional Training Courses 2013
Front Royal, Virginia, USA
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Statistics for Ecology and Conservation Biology March 4-15, 2013

Gain in-depth knowledge of analysis techniques for cutting-edge ecological research, employing R: classical regression models; mixed models; generalized linear models; generalized additive models; how to deal with the limitations of real datasets; and conservation-specific approaches.
Estimating Animal Abundance and Occupancy (new course!) April 1-12, 2013

The course is designed to provide a strong theoretical and analytical background to both graduate students and professionals in distance sampling, mark-recapture, and occupancy modeling techniques, with a strong focus on the practical use of field data in the programs DISTANCE, MARK and PRESENCE.
Species Monitoring & Conservation: Terrestrial Mammals April 29-May 10, 2013

This course teaches current techniques in assessment and monitoring of wild mammal populations, including bats. Participants learn principles of study design; current field assessment methods; data analysis techniques including MARK and DISTANCE software; application of monitoring data to decision-making and population management; and collection and preparation of museum voucher specimens.
Species Monitoring & Conservation: Reptiles (new course!) May 13-24, 2013                          

This course will provide technical training in the essential aspects of reptile conservation.  In addition to providing hands-on experience with current field monitoring techniques, participants will also learn to analyze mark-recapture, distance sampling and occupancy field data. The course will also include a review of reptile taxonomy and phylogeny, and the role of captive propagation in reptile conservation.
Non-Invasive Genetic Techniques in Wildlife Conservation June 1-7, 2013                

Learn how new developments in non-invasive genetics allow biologists and managers to answer questions in animal behavior, population biology and population management. Course participants will work through a directed research project, from study design through field data collection, sampling protocols, and DNA extraction and amplification, to analysis of microsatellite and sequence data.
Adaptive Management for Conservation Success
June 10-21, 2013                          

This course is taught in partnership with Foundations of Success (FOS). Working in teams on a real conservation project, participants practice conceptualizing projects, formulating objectives and providing evidence of conservation results. The course builds skills in designing and planning effective projects that provide clear evidence of conservation impact, and in use of Miradi adaptive management software.
Species Monitoring and Conservation: Bird Migration (new course!) September 9-20, 2013                

Led by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, this course teaches the most current methods in the research of bird migration including theoretical concepts, field and laboratory methods (including mist-netting, banding, tissue sampling, stable isotope geochemistry, geolocators and radio telemetry), data analysis (including mark-recapture statistics) and applied conservation strategies.
Conservation Breeding Centers for Wildlife Sustainability (new course!) October 7-14, 2013                   

This course is designed to teach the philosophies, practices, logistics and management associated with ‘conservation breeding’, including what makes breeding centers unique and effective. The most significant of these centers in the US have formed a consortium called the Conservation Centers for Species Survival (C2S2), and experts from member institutions, including the SCBI, The Wilds and others, will share the details of the specialized C2S2 expertise and facilities that manage, study and reproduce wild animals on a sufficient scale to create demographically and genetically stable populations. 
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation participants engage in dynamic learning communities, build lifelong professional networks, and connect with valuable conservation resources.