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Continuing Education at the Warnell School

Spatial Capture-Recapture Modeling

Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Canada

Date: Mar 12, 2018 09:00 AM to Mar 14, 2018 05:00 PM


Brochure with agenda and optional mail-in registratioon form



This course will introduce key models used in the analysis of spatially-explicit capture-recapture data, following closely material from the book “Spatial Capture-Recapture” (Elsevier, 2014). Participants will learn how to estimate population parameters and model spatial and temporal variation in density and vital rates using a variety of data types, including data from camera traps, hair snares, live traps, and mist-nets. Models to be covered include closed and open population models, models of landscape resistance, mark-resight models, and integrated population models. Software coverage will include the R package “oSCR” as well as JAGS and WinBUGS.

Will Benefit? 

Research biologists interested in the analysis of capture-recapture data.


Richard Chandler (University of Georgia), Andy Royle (USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center), and Angela Fuller (USGS and Cornell University) have offered numerous spatial-capture recapture workshops and have published extensively in this field.


Participants must bring their own laptops with a recent version of R, WinBUGS and JAGS installed and functional.

Course requirements

This is an intermediate-level workshop with topical lectures followed by work sessions where we analyze data and solve exercises. Participants should have (1) good working knowledge of modern regression methods (regression, ANOVA, generalized linear models, random effects); (2) experience analyzing data in R; (3) familiarity with using WinBUGS or JAGS; and (4) knowledge of basic capture-recapture concepts and methods.

Hotel Accommodations
We have negotiated a reasonable hotel rate at the Banff Center (403-762-6100). When reserving a room please use the Booking Code: MPC1803 and the group name: Spatial Capture Modeling Conference.  The cost is $150.00 canadian plus a fifteen dollar facility fee per person.

Parking and Directions
The Banff Center is located at 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff, AB T1L 1H5, Canada. Please see their website for additional information:

In the event that you need to cancel, in order to receive a refund you must contact Ingvar Elle (706-583-0566 or  by March 1, 2018.

Special Needs
If you require special services or dietary considerations, contact Ingvar Elle at 706-583-0566 or e-mail him at prior to February 1, 2018.

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