The National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Graduate/Professional Training Courses

Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Program, Front Royal, VA
For more information, visit http://conservationtraining.si.edu
or e-mail [email protected]

Conservation Conflict Resolution

January 10-19, 2011

Designed and led by the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC), this course teaches proven skills, strategies and processes for effectively addressing conservation-related conflict. By analyzing conflicts to determine root causes and facilitate appropriate resolution processes, we foster trust among stakeholders and ensure sustainable solutions.

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/MAB/GMU/consconflict.cfm

Statistics for Ecology and Conservation Biology

February 7-18, 2011

Gain in-depth knowledge of analysis techniques for cutting-edge ecological research, employing R, including: classical regression models; mixed models; generalized linear models; generalized additive models; and conservation-specific approaches, e.g. distance sampling and species distribution modeling. The course emphasizes real-world analysis and how to deal with the limitations of real datasets.

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/MAB/GMU/statsecology.cfm

Spatial Ecology, Geospatial Analysis & Remote Sensing

March 14-25, 2011

Learn to use GIS tools to address conservation research problems, quantifying effects of human-induced global change on wildlife and biodiversity. Hands-on lab exercises (e.g. land cover mapping; home range analysis; modeling habitat selection; mapping species distributions) use remote sensing data and SCBI field surveys to monitor global changes, assess impacts on wildlife, and develop mitigating strategies.

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/MAB/GMU/spatial.cfm

Species Monitoring & Conservation: Terrestrial Mammals

April 18-29, 2011

Explore current techniques in assessment and monitoring of wild mammal populations, including bats. Participants learn principles of study design; current field assessment methods; data analysis techniques including MARK and DISTANCE software; application of monitoring data to decision-making and population management; and collection and preparation of museum voucher specimens.

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/MAB/GMU/terremammals.cfm

Effective Conservation Leadership

May 3-13, 2011

What makes for a successful conservation leader? Conservation professionals need to know more than science to lead effectively. Employing real-life environmental and conservation case studies, this course addresses key conservation leadership skills, including cross-cultural learning, team-building and support, project management, applied conservation ethics, effective communication, and conflict resolution.

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/MAB/GMU/leadership.cfm

 

For information on the Applied Conservation Science Graduate Certificate see:

mccs.gmu.edu/courses/

Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Program course participants engage in dynamic learning communities, build lifelong professional networks, and connect with valuable conservation resources