Quantitative methods for population dynamics

A two-day workshop with R

What: Quantifying population dynamics is crucial for the conservation and management of animal and plant species. This workshop deals with the analysis and modelling of population dynamics. In this introductory workshop, we will cover population projection matrix models and population viability analyses, the estimation of demographic parameters (e.g. survival, dispersal) using capture-recapture models and the estimation of population density and abundance using capture-recapture, N-mixture and distance sampling models. Our hope is to provide you with what you need to go your own path. The event is free of charge, and video-recorded.

For whom: This is a workshop for ecologists. Basic knowledge of R is required. See R for beginners by E. Paradis for an introduction.

How: The format of the workshop will be a combination of lectures and live demonstrations in R with packages popbio, Distance, RMark, AICcmodavg and unmarked.


When: Once a year

Where: On YouTube


  1. Conventional methods and the detectability issue
  2. Capture-recapture, distance sampling and N-mixture
  1. Survival estimation from capture-recapture data
  2. Using covariates to explain variation
  3. Inference about dispersal
  1. Count-based projection models
  2. Age- and stage-structured models, sensitivity analyses
  3. Deterministic and stochastic models


June 1, 2023
9am-9:50am - Introduction, conventional methods and the detectability issue, capture-recapture for closed populations part 1.
10am-10:50am - Capture-recapture for closed populations part 2.
11am-11:50am - Distance sampling.
2pm-2:50pm - N-mixture models.
3pm-3:50pm - Survival estimation.
4pm-4:50pm - Survival estimation with covariates.

June 2, 2023
9am-9:50am - Capture-recapture multistate models.
10am-10:50am - Count-based PVA.
11am-11:50am - PVA with matrix models - determinist.
2pm-2:50pm - PVA with matrix models - stochastics.
3pm-3:30pm - Conclusion.



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