Thursday February 4, 2016
Featured Morning Session: "Integrated Population Models to Inform Waterfowl Ecology and Conservation"
Bob Clark is a Research Scientist with Environment Canada, and an Adjunct Professor in Biology at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Bob has worked at the interface of waterfowl ecology and management for more than 25 years, studying demography, habitat selection and life-histories of diverse duck species, and integrating relevant information about their ecology into large-scale management programs. Recently, Bob’s research group has been focusing on factors influencing the demography and management of species of conservation concern in N.A., particularly northern pintail and lesser scaup, and on problems ranging from discerning fine-scale effects of individual physiology on components of fitness to assessing large-scale impacts of climate variability on population dynamics.
Michael's talk is "Inference about population processes by combining counts and demographic data using integrated population models”. Michael is a Research Scientist and head of the ecology department at the Swiss Ornithological Institute (Die Schweizerische Vogelwarte) in Sempach, Switzerland. Michael has worked at the interface between avian ecology and conservation for 20 years studying migration, farmland bird-habitat associations, conservation, dispersal, life history trade-offs, capture-recapture methods, population dynamics, and Bayesian inference. Michael has also been at the forefront of developing ‘integrated population models’ to address ecological questions and conservation problems. Recently, Marc Kéry and Michael co-authored the book entitled “Bayesian population analysis using WinBUGS: A hierarchical perspective.” This book, and their series of workshops providing hands-on teachings from the book, have revolutionized the practice of Bayesian demographic methods by ecologists and wildlife biologists across the globe.