Ecological Niche Modeling Course, Nairobi, Kenya: 25-28 February 2013

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Ecological niche modeling has fast become an extremely popular methodology in the use, exploration, and analysis of biodiversity data. As a tool, niche modeling offers the possibility of understanding species’ geographic distributions (actual and potential) in detail, as well as an understanding of species’ environmental requirements (i.e., the ecological niche). Although tools for niche modeling are now widely and freely available, a clear and appropriate thinking framework for the use of the tool is often not in hand, leading to many partial or inappropriate implementations. This course is designed to provide in-depth training in the use of niche modeling as an approach to biodiversity data. Instructors include Richard Pearson, Enrique Martinez-Meyer, and Town Peterson, all leaders in this field in North America. Potential applicants should note that all courses will be taught in English, but that we will make every effort to accommodate French-speaking applicants as well, via translation if possible. Eligibility All researchers, students, technicians, planners, managers, and other interested persons from across Africa are welcome to apply. To maximize cost-effectiveness, participants from outside of East Africa will be limited in number, particularly in light of plans to hold parallell courses in at least three other African cities in the near future. Approximately 20-25 applicants will be selected to participate in the training course. Final selection of participants will be based on the following criteria: 1. Applicability of course material to the applicant’s occupation, research, studies, or overall interest. 2. Adequate knowledge or experience in related fields so as to maximize the benefit of participation in the training course. 3. Potential for further sharing and diffusion of knowledge acquired during training. 4. Strength of letter of recommendation from current employer/supervisor. Cost of Attendance Thanks to support from the JRS Biodiversity Foundation, costs of participation in the course will be covered by the program. Transportation costs will be covered, and meals will be provided during training sessions; per diems will not be provided, in light of all relevant expenses being covered. To maximize numbers of course participants that the program can accommodate, participants residing in Nairobi or within a commute of approximately 1 hour of the ICIPE campus will be reimbursed for daily travel to and from the ICIPE campus during the course. Lunches and snacks during breaks will be provided for these local participants. Course participants traveling from outside Nairobi will be funded for travel from the closest major city in their home or resident country to Nairobi and back. These longer-distance participants will be provided food and lodging on the ICIPE campus for the duration of the course. Application Requirements Applicants are responsible for assuring that all of the following materials are in the hands of the program organizers. 1. Application form (found below) 2. Letter of recommendation from employer/home institution 3. Curriculum vitae (CV) Completed applications are due no later than 1 NOVEMBER 2012 and applicants accepted to the training course will be notified by 15 NOVEMBER 2012. Application materials and any questions regarding the application process may be addressed to the course organizers (Town Peterson is the project director) at

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