Workshop Program

The BCCVL have put together a series of workshops targeting at four different groups, each with their own learning objectives. If you feel one of these workshops or programs may be suitable for you, your team or students please get in touch.

1. Program for academics and industry professionals

In this workshop the ALA (Atlas of Living Australia) joins forces with the BCCVL (The Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory) to explore the often complex relationships between taxa and the environment and how to use this data in ecological models. In the first half of this workshop participants will use the ALA Spatial Portal to learn about data quality issues, environmental layers and simple but powerful tools like scatterplots to get a better understanding of taxa-environment relationships. They will then take what they have learnt in the ALA to the BCCVL to explore species distribution models, climate change projections and biodiverse analyses, including the differences across various model algorithms and how to appropriately interpret and evaluate model outputs. No complex coding/statistical knowledge is required. 

Of interest to: HDR students, environmental/climate scientists and researchers, ecologists, decision-makers, members of government and industry groups, and anyone with a keen interest in biodiversity, conservation and/or climate impacts

Learning objectives:

  • Ecological concept of modelling
  • What SDMs are and how they work
  • Data required for SDMs and its limitations
  • Taxa-environment relationships
  • Biodiversity analysis
  • Interpreting model results
  • Climate impact modelling/projections
  • Climate data and emission scenarios

2. Course integration at Universities (Undergraduate program)

Students in this workshop will learn the basic elements of species distribution models and climate change projections, including the data required to run the models, the differences across various model algorithms and how to appropriately interpret and evaluate model outputs. Using the BCCVL, students will access national datasets to run a species distribution model and then project the results into the future using a climate change projection under a number of different emission scenarios. Students will then practice their ‘elevator pitch’ by presenting their results and subsequent conservation/management strategies to the class in a 3-slides in 3-minutes style presentation. No complex coding/statistical knowledge is required. 

Of interest to: students studying ecology, environmental science, sustainability, climate change impacts, biology, flora and fauna, animal behaviour, planning and development, conservation, statistics etc.

Learning objectives:

  • Ecological concept of modelling
  • What SDMs are and how they work
  • Data required for SDMs and its limitations
  • Elevator pitch/short presentation skills
  • Types of SDM algorithms
  • Interpreting model results
  • Climate impact modelling/projections
  • Climate data and emission scenarios

3. Professional development (Industry program) – COMING SOON!

 

4. Train-the-trainer program – MATERIALS AVAILABLE SOON!

 

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