2017 Species Distributions Modelling Course

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SDM model for the Caribbean spiny pocket mouse Source: Radosavljevic, A. and R. P. Anderson. 2014. J. Biogeogr 41:629-643 We are organising the 4th edition of the course “Species distributions models: concepts, methods, applications, and challenges”, which introduces the fundamental concepts underpinning ecological niche models (ENM), describing some of the most prominent methods currently in . . . [ Read More ]

Avoiding pitfalls when applying for a research position in a lab

I receive a substantial number of emails from students requesting to be considered for positions in my lab. Some candidates apply for positions that I have opened, whilst others take the initiative to contact me to see if I have some position on offer. This post is especially targeted to the latter case. The first impression you cause when you write such a message is critical. As one can easily . . . [ Read More ]

Miguel Araújo awarded the King James I Prize

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Miguel Araújo was selected by a panel including 23 Nobel Prizes to receive the 2016 King James I Prize in the category of environmental protection. Miguel won this award for his research on the effects of climate change on biodiversity and for his science dissemination and outreach activities. The King James I Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in Spain. It is awarded every year to . . . [ Read More ]

Interviewing Babak Naimi about sdm-R

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Babak Naimi is the programmer of sdm-R. Here some questions and answers related to the recent publication of this new software for species distributions modelling. What is sdm? sdm stands for "species distribution modelling", and is the name of an extensible and reproducible R package for modelling, evaluating, and projecting species potential distributions in space and time. It provides a . . . [ Read More ]

Post doc: Using networks to predict risk of invasion

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Source of picture: mushroomnetworks.com Post-doctoral research position announcement: Starting date: October-November 2016 (starting date flexible) Duration: 24 months Stipend: EUR 1495 per month (free of tax) plus social security. Other subsidies: EUR 750 per year to participate in scientific meetings and conferences, EUR 300-600 for inbound and outbound travelling. Background The . . . [ Read More ]

Conference: Community Ecology for the 21st Century

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Photo by Miguel Araújo (Guys fulvus in Monfrague) Of the many problems confronting society on the veil of the 21st Century, one of the gravest is the likelihood that modern humans may so change the intrincate workings of the earth's ecosystems that they will no longer be able to provide the support that human culture requires for its existence. Yet, our ability to understand and predict the . . . [ Read More ]

Postdoc: Modelling food web architectures under climate change

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Starting date: July-August 2016 Duration: 36 months Stipend: EUR 1495 per month (free of tax) plus social security. Other subsidies: EUR 750 per year to participate in scientific meetings and conferences, EUR 300-600 for inbound and outbound travelling. Background Can we predict the effects of climate changes on biodiversity? Existing models are based on several weak assumptions, generally . . . [ Read More ]

Report: Improving GBIF-mediated data for distribution modelling

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Miguel Araújo participated in the group of experts tasked with helping to improve the usefulness of GBIF-mobilized data for distribution modelling research. The report has just been published. The report summarizes survey results drawn from the distribution modelling research community and the group’s own views. ‘Frontiers of Biodiversity Informatics and Modelling Species Distributions’, a . . . [ Read More ]

sdm R – New platform for species distributions modelling

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Ecography has just published a new software not article by Babak Naimi and Miguel Araújo featuring the new sdm R platform for species distributions modelling. Sdm R is an object-oriented, reproducible and extensible, platform for running models of species distribtions. It uses individual species and community-based approaches, enabling ensembles of models to be fitted and evaluated, to project . . . [ Read More ]