Ecological and Environmental Sampling
Taught by Dr. Bryan Manly

# Ecological and Environmental Samplingtaught by Bryan Manly

Aim of Course:

This online course, "Ecological and Environmental Sampling" covers sampling methods and analyses used to study the density and abundance of animals and plants, and other important biological variables. It starts with classic random sampling methods and their extensions (systematic sampling, stratified sampling and more), and goes on to cover methods (such as adaptive sampling, mark recapture, line transects, and more) that have particular applicability to estimating population sizes. The theoretical basis behind methods is discussed, but the emphasis of the course is on understanding how to use methods effectively rather than the derivation of the equations used.

Course Program:

## WEEK 1: Standard Survey Sampling Methods

• Introduction to ecological sampling methods
• Simple random sampling for the estimation of population means, totals and proportions
• Stratified sampling
• Systematic sampling
• Other specialized sampling strategies

## WEEK 2: Other Specialized Sampling Methods

• Line transect sampling
• Removal and change in ratio methods

## WEEK 3: Plotless Sampling and Mark-Recapture Methods

• T-square, wandering-quarter and related sampling methods
• Closed population methods
• introduction to methods for open populations

## WEEK 4: Occupancy Models, Environmental Monitoring and Trend Analyses

• Occupancy
• Environmental monitoring designs
• Models for trend analyses

HOMEWORK:

Homework in this course consists of short answer questions to test concepts, guided data analysis problems using software, and guided data modeling problems using software.

# Ecological and Environmental Sampling

Who Should Take This Course:
Environmental scientists, ecologists and other field scientists working with population and density data. Statisticians and biometricians called upon to work on environmental studies, who are not already familiar with the wide variety of specific sampling methods used to estimate populations and densities.
Level:
introductory/intermediate
Prerequisite:
You should be familiar with introductory statistics.  Try these self tests to check your knowledge.
Organization of the Course:

This course takes place online at the Institute for 4 weeks. During each course week, you participate at times of your own choosing - there are no set times when you must be online. Course participants will be given access to a private discussion board. In class discussions led by the instructor, you can post questions, seek clarification, and interact with your fellow students and the instructor.

At the beginning of each week, you receive the relevant material, in addition to answers to exercises from the previous session. During the week, you are expected to go over the course materials, work through exercises, and submit answers. Discussion among participants is encouraged. The instructor will provide answers and comments, and at the end of the week, you will receive individual feedback on your homework answers.

Time Requirement:

Options for Credit and Recognition:
Students come to the Institute for a variety of reasons. As you begin the course, you will be asked to specify your category:
1. No credit - You may be interested only in learning the material presented, and not be concerned with grades or a record of completion.
2. Certificate - You may be enrolled in PASS (Programs in Analytics and Statistical Studies) that requires demonstration of proficiency in the subject, in which case your work will be assessed for a grade.
3. CEUs and/or proof of completion - You may require a "Record of Course Completion," along with professional development credit in the form of Continuing Education Units (CEU's).  For those successfully completing the course,  CEU's and a record of course completion will be issued by The Institute, upon request.
4. Digital Badge - Courses evaluated by the American Council on Education have a digital badge available for successful completion of the course.
5. Other options - Statistics.com Specializations, INFORMS CAP recognition, and academic (college) credit are available for some Statistics.com courses
Course Text:

This course is based the text "Introduction to Ecological Sampling".

Software:
The instructor will provide access to two mark-recapture programs for student use.  Excel will also be used.
Instructor(s):

Dates:

To be scheduled.

# Ecological and Environmental Sampling

Instructor(s):

Dates:
To be scheduled.

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