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Spatial modelisation of natural data - Multivariate analyses

Modélisation spatiale des espèces et de la biodiversité

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (FGSE)

Teacher(s): Antoine Guisan
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2013 ->

Course Timetable (Aperiodic)

Date Location Notice Topics Lecturer(s)
20.11.2019 de 09:00 à 12:00 Géopolis/2113     
21.11.2019 de 09:00 à 12:00 Géopolis/2138 (Geolab)     
27.11.2019 de 09:00 à 12:00 Géopolis/2145     
04.12.2019 de 09:00 à 12:00 Géopolis/2138 (Geolab)     
05.12.2019 de 09:00 à 12:00 Géopolis/2138 (Geolab)     
11.12.2019 de 09:00 à 12:00 Géopolis/2138 (Geolab)     
12.12.2019 de 09:00 à 12:00 Géopolis/2138 (Geolab)     
18.12.2019 de 09:00 à 12:00 Géopolis/2138 (Geolab)     
19.12.2019 de 09:00 à 12:00 Géopolis/2138 (Geolab)     

Practical work (compulsory)

Autumn semester
9 djb hours per week
Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 2.00


Teach basic lectures and practicals in species distribution modelling (SDM). Presentations of articles by groups of students


Lectures: 1. Theory, basic postulates and principles of species distribution models(SDMs) 2. Approaches for presence-only data 3. Group discrimination and quantitative approaches 4. Evaluation of models and predictions 5. Sampling data for models 6. Ensemble modelling and uncertainties 7. Modelling species assemblages (communities. Practicals: TP1. Introduction to GIS and R. TP2. Introduction to generalized linear models (GLMs). TP3. Introduction to generalized additive models (GAMs). TP4. Evaluation of models. TP5. Implementing scenarios of climate change. Articles:1 for 3-4 students, selected to represent different applications of SDMs


Practicals must be sufficient to be allowed to present the papers. Final score based on paper presentation


Franklin, J. (2010) Mapping species distribution: spatial inference and prediction. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Guisan, A., Thuiller, W. & Zimmermann, N.E. (in press) Habitat suitability models in ecology. Cambridge University Press.

Programme requirements

Knowledge of general biology and statistics

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