Introductory course

Why another Capture-Mark-Recapture course?

The analysis of individual-based data is rapidly expanding in ecological studies. Statisticians and population ecologists are working together adapting the analytical framework to answer finer ecological questions. We believe there is a need for an introductory course on capture-mark-recapture techniques aimed to those PhD students, postdocs, researchers and environmental managers willing to approach this constantly evolving field. No previous knowledge on capture-mark-recapture or capture-mark-recovery analyses is necessary.

What is this course?

The course aims to introduce students, researchers and environmental managers to the theory and practical aspects of the analysis of capture-mark-recapture and –recovery data to estimate survival, recruitment and dispersal probabilities. The course is based on theoretical classes as well as practical sessions with real and simulated data. All lectures and course material will be in English.

Time-table (indicative):
Tuesday 23
14h30-15h15 Arrival and presentation
15h15-17h45 Introduction and first steps.
Wednesday 24:
9h15-11h15 Capture-recapture analysis: study design and GOF
11h15-11h30 Coffee break
11h30-13h45 Exercises
13h45-15h30 Lunch
15h30- 17h45 Single-site analysis: Time-dependent survival y external covariates.
Thursday 25
9h00-11h15 Single-site analysis : The estimate of population size.
11h15-11h30 Coffee break
11h30-13h45 Exercises
13h45-15h30 Lunch
15h30-17h45 Multisite-analysis: Dispersion and recruitment probabilities.
Friday 26
9h15-11h15 Wrapping up the course.
11h00-11h15 Coffee break
11h30-13h45 Exercises / Analysis of Participants’ data
13h45-15h30 Lunch

Who is organizing this course?
The course is organized by the Animal Demography and Ecology Group of the IMEDEA

Lectures will be given by Dr. G. Tavecchia, Dr. A. Sanz-Aguilar, Dr. A . Rotger researchers at GEDA  Invited researchers sometimes help in teaching as well as practical classes.

When and where?

The course will be held in Esporles (Mallorca, Spain) at the IMEDEA (CSIC – UIB, from the 23th to the 26th of November 2021.

The closest (and only) airport on Mallorca island is outside the city of Palma. There are several companies offering low-cost flights to Mallorca from nearly every European capital.

Esporles is a village at c. 14 km North of Palma city. There are regular buses between Palma and Esporles (c. 35min journey, about 3.5 € return). You can easily find an accommodation in Palma, stay in one of the three hotels in Esporles or rent a small flat. We will send you more detailed information if you decide to come. 

Note that the course will begin at 14h30 on Tuesday and will end at 14h30 on Friday. If you are lucky with the flight schedule, you might be able to save two hotel nights.

How much does it cost and how to pay?

Registration fee is 280 €.
The fee includes the course material and coffee/tea during Coffee breaks.

Inscription should be done by sending a message to :   specifying, name, surname, institute and a short description of your work.

Registration fee can be paid before the 20 November 2021. They should be paid by bank transfer to the following address (please specify your name in the description of the transfer): 


Name: University of Balearic Islands
Description: <Name and surname > - Capture-Recapture Introductory Course / Multievent
Codes for international transfer:  IBAN: ES70 2038 3471 2364 0000 3623

What do I need?
You need a laptop (important!) with the following freely available software already installed:
1- U_CARE :
2- MARK:
3- R: (>Software > Packages).

For more information:
tel. 971611824
fax: 971611761 

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