Modelling in landscape ecology: New directions

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ialeUK 2017 Student Workshop

University of Edinburgh, 8th-9th May 2017

 

This year's student workshop will provide students with a comprehensive overview of existing and emerging modelling techniques for landscape ecology, as well as outlining some potential exciting new directions for combining landscape ecological models.

Landscape ecology is the meeting point between a range of social and physical disciplines, exploring the relationships between landscape pattern and processes occurring on land, freshwater and sea.

Modelling can provide a vital tool to explore these relationships between process and pattern, as it allows large 'virtual experiments' to be run repeatedly, exploring effects that would be impossible to measure empirically. A recent paper (Synes et al 20161) highlighted the significant progress that has been made over recent years at the intersection of landscape modelling and ecological modelling, and outlined exciting novel new directions that could be taken by combining different classes of landscape models and ecological models.

This two day workshop (8th - 9th May, ECCI, University of Edinburgh) will comprise a combination of presentations from expert speakers, and opportunities to test out some models in practical sessions. Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Gary Polhill, James Hutton Institute: Agent-based modelling
  • Steve Palmer, University of Aberdeen: Rangeshifter demonstration and interactive workshop
  • Katherine Allen, University of Liverpool: Condatis - planning habitat restoration to increase connectivity
  • Simon Mudd, University of Edinburgh: Challenges in cross-disciplinary modelling
  • Roslyn Henry, University of Edinburgh: The effect of ash dieback on connectivity
  • Paul Sizeland, Scottish Natural Heritage: A practitioners perspective: EcoCo LIFE+ in Scotland

This workshop is designed for students who are either already applying modelling techniques, or are interested in how modelling can support their research in landscape ecology. To apply for a place, please fill out the application form via this link before 7th April. The workshop is free to attend for students who join ialeUK (£15 for annual membership), however, places are limited. You can join as a member after your application has been accepted. We will provide lunch, but you will need cover travel and accommodation costs. If you are a MSc student, please provide a supporting statement from your supervisor.

The workshop is organised by ialeUK student co-ordinators Vanessa Burton and Anja Liski with support from the ialeUK committee. Do get in touch if you have any questions about the event at students@iale.uk.