Oceans Research hosts workshop on Animal Social Analysis

Oceans Research hosts workshop on Animal Social Analysis

Posted by Dr Enrico Gennari on December 8, 2015

Mauricio Cantor (Dalhousie University, Canada) provided a 5-day workshop on how to analyse animal social structures

Mauricio Cantor from Dalhousie University, Department of Biology (Canada), was invited by Oceans Research to give a 5-day workshop on Animal Social Analysis in Mossel Bay.

Ten people from South Africa, France, Italy, USA, Portugal and Canada attended the workshop providing excellent feedback about Mauricio's workshop.

"Instructor took the challenges to make us understand the statistics behind the tools.... Almost all aspects of social network analyses were covered so that the participant gained a full picture of what is available with such analyses. The instructor shared important R material he created which will most certainly facilitate my life regarding future analyses! " Dr Margo Rat of UCT (ZA)

"I found the course to be interesting, stimulating and well-presented. Mauricio covered a large amount of information very well, striking a good balance between covering a lot of ground and providing details where necessary. Interaction among the attendees (e.g., discussing concepts and applications) was good". Dr Ryan Reisinger of NMMU (ZA)

"The presentations allowed me to understand and learn some of the main analytical methods used to assess the relationships and networks occurring between individuals and species. I believe that reserving a good amount of time during the workshop to familiarize with the statistical programs in order to translate the theory into practical exercises really helped me understand the concepts behind such analytical methods." Valentina Scarponi (PhD student- Sussex University).

We also would like to thank TWAS for the funds made available to cover Mauricio's travel expenses.

A new workshop on the use of Hidden Markov Models on ecological analysis will be hosted in Mossel Bay in March 2016...STAY TUNED


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