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Continuing Education at the Warnell School

Spatial Capture-Recapture Modeling

Warnel School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Building 1, Room 304

Date: Mar 09, 2015 09:00 AM to Mar 12, 2015 05:00 PM


Brochure with mail-in registration form



This course introduces some key models used in the analysis of spatially-explicit capture-recapture data using Bayesian and classical (likelihood) methods. It closely follows material from the book “Spatial Capture-Recapture” (Elsevier, 2014). This book will be provided to each attendee as part  of the cost of the course.The workshop will cover basic model and data analysis concepts in R and the BUGS language (using WinBUGS or JAGS), analysis of classical capture-recapture models (models M0, Mb, Mh, etc…), concepts and methods of spatial capture-recapture models and their analysis using the R package “secr” (M.G. Efford) and also using BUGS.

Who Will Benefit?

Research biologists interested in the analysis of capture-recapture data


Dr. Richard Chandler (University of Georgia), Dr. Andy Royle (Patuxent Wildlife Research Center), and Dr. Jared Laufenberg (University of Georgia).

Computer to bring

People 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.
Course requirements:
Good working knowledge of modern regression methods (regression, ANOVA, generalized linear models, random effects).
Experience with the R programming language at a level higher than “beginner”. You should be a regular R user. Manipulating data in R should be routine for you.
Familiarity with using WinBUGS or JAGS. You should have no problem fitting a basic regression model in WinBUGS.
Knowledge of basic capture-recapture concepts and methods. E.g., the Otis et al. monograph, Pollock’s Robust Design, distance sampling.

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been set aside at the Holiday Inn Express  (706-546-8122) for attendees of "Spatial Capture-Recapture Modeling”  for the nights of March 8-11, 2015. The hotel address is 513 West Broad Street , Athens, GA 30601. Rooms will be $72.00 plus %14 percent sales tax. Please give the code "CRM" to get the room discount.


In the event that you need to cancel, in order to receive a refund you must contact Ingvar Elle (706-583-0566 or  by February 23, 2014.

Parking and Directions

A visitor parking deck is located just north of the Georgia Center. Parking is $10.00 per day.
For a map and directions go to:

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 23, 2014.

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If you have more questions or would like to register over the phone, please contact Ingvar Elle at 706-583-0566 or

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