Biodiversity data can be used in a wide diversity of analyses to provide very useful insights. One of these uses--ecological niche modeling and the related species distribution modeling--is the focus of one of the Nairobi courses (February 2012), but many other analyses can be carried out. This course will provide an overview of and introduction to a suite of additional analyses: place prioritization, survey gap analysis and inventory completeness metrics, species inventories, macroecological analyses, etc., presented by experts from the USA, Mexico, Brazil, and elsewhere. The diversity of topics should be quite rewarding, as many of them are interrelated and interconnected. The course will include conceptual overviews, detailed instructions for implementation, and as much hands-on exploration as possible.
The course will take place 29 July - 2 August 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa. Potential applicants should note that all courses will be taught in ENGLISH, but that we will make every effort to accommodate French-speaking applicants as well, via translation if possible.
All researchers, students, technicians, planners, managers, and other interested persons from across Africa are welcome to apply. To maximize cost-effectiveness, participants from outside of southern Africa will be limited in number, particularly in light of plans to hold parallel courses in at least two other African cities in the near future. Approximately 10-15 applicants will be selected to participate in the training course. Final selection of participants will be based on the following criteria:
1. Applicability of course material to the applicant’s occupation, research, studies, or overall interest.
2. Adequate knowledge or experience in related fields so as to maximize the benefit of participation in the training course.
3. Potential for further sharing and diffusion of knowledge acquired during training.
4. Strength of letter of recommendation from current employer/supervisor.
Cost of Attendance
Thanks to support from the JRS Biodiversity Foundation, costs of participation in the course will be covered by the program. Transportation costs will be covered, and meals will be provided during training sessions; per diems will not be provided, in light of all relevant expenses being covered. To maximize numbers of course participants that the program can accommodate, participants residing in Cape Town or within a commute of approximately 1 hour will be reimbursed for daily travel to and from the course. Lunches and snacks during breaks will be provided for these local participants. Course participants traveling from outside Cape Town will be funded for travel from the closest major city in their home or resident country to Cape Town and back. These longer-distance participants will be provided food and lodging for the duration of the course.
Applicants are responsible for assuring that all of the following materials are in the hands of the program organizers.
1. Application form (found below) :
a. All prompts denoted by a " * " are required information
b. Answer all questions explicitly; Please do NOT copy and paste your CV into answer blanks.
2. Letter of recommendation from employer/home institution
3. Curriculum vitae (CV)
Completed applications are due no later than 15 MARCH 2013 and applicants accepted to the training course will be notified by approximately 15 APRIL 2013. Application materials and any questions regarding the application process may be addressed to the course organizers (Town Peterson is the project director) at BiodivTraining@gmail.com