Camera Trapping Study Design and Data Analysis
- Selecting the appropriate analytical framework for achieving your research objectives
- Importing data into computer programs in the appropriate format
- Calculating animal density and occupancy with camera trapping data, using covariates, model selection, and testing of model fit
- Identifying advanced analytical techniques and understanding when to use them
- Troubleshooting field studies during stages of design, data collection, and data import for both density and occupancy estimation projects
- Comparing available options for managing and organizing camera trapping data
Participants must have a basic familiarity with working in R for data management or statistical computing.Detailed Curriculum
June 4 – 15, 2018
- Available Formats
Graduate (CONS 697, 3 credits)
Professional Training (MCCS 0524, 7.2 CEUs)
Graduate: $2,516 – $3,279.50 | See Mason’s graduate tuition rates
Professional Training: $2025 – $2,925.50*
*(Includes registration, lodging, and meals)
Apply by March 26, 2018 (for first consideration)
Payment Due By April 9, 2018
Meet the Faculty
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Arizona Game & Fish Department
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
This course provides a strong theoretical and analytical background in the use of camera traps to address ecological and conservation-oriented questions. You’ll learn the latest statistical tools for estimating animal density through spatially explicit mark-recapture (SECR) methods as well as estimating species occupancy. Significant time will focus on best practices for designing studies that use those methods.
Acceptance does not guarantee you a seat in the course. Seats are allocated as registration payments are received, and early registration is strongly encouraged to ensure you get a spot.
The total cost includes our Housing and Dining Package and covers:
- Registration fees
- Instruction, course manual, and other course materials
- Airport pick-up and drop-off shuttle service at Dulles International Airport (IAD) at pre-determined times. We do not provide ground transportation shuttle service to or from any other airports in the Washington, DC, region.
- Transportation for course activities
- Daily full-service buffet at the SMSC Dining Commons
- Housing at the SMSC Residential Facility, including a shared room with bathroom (single rooms available at extra cost)
Interested in Commuting?
Local participants may elect to stay off campus, waive the housing and dining package, and commute to this course. Meals in the Dining Commons can then be purchased individually as needed.