ROOM: HCCC, Room 1
Species occurrence in space is influenced by environmental conditions and the presence and absence of other potentially interacting species. Recent advancements in multi-species occupancy modeling techniques have allowed scientists to simultaneously evaluate how both environmental factors and interspecific interactions influence the probability a suite of species will occur at a location in space. This workshop will introduce users to recently developed multi-species occupancy models. We will first discuss basic sample design issues and identify how to properly format data for analyses. We will then proceed by fitting simple multi-species models and continue to add complexity throughout. We will focus on biological interpretation of model output and illustrate how to produce figures illustrating marginal and conditional probabilities of occurrence. We will work within programs MARK, STAN, and R, and will share code used to conduct example analyses with workshop participants.
Organizers: Christopher Rota, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV; Arielle Parsons, North Carolina State University and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC
Supported by: Biometrics Working Group