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Course: Introduction to statistical modelling and data analysis in R
Thu, 27 May 2021 - 13:15



26-28 July 2021

Introduction to statistical modelling and data analysis in R

The Centre for Statistics in Ecology, Environment and Conservation (SEEC) at the University of Cape Town, in partnership with the ACCESS Global Change Emerging Researcher Network (GCERN), is presenting an online short course in statistical data analysis and experimental design using R. The course aims to equip participants with practical experience and skills in analysing data, using some statistical techniques frequently used in the sciences. The skills include designing experiments, choosing appropriate statistical methods for visual display and statistical modelling of data, model checking, interpretation and reporting of statistical results, and understanding limitations of statistical methods and data. The course uses the R statistical package throughout but we do not assume prior knowledge of this package. 

ISEC2022 to be hosted by SEEC
Fri, 05 Jun 2020 - 11:30

The 8th biennial International Statistical Ecology Conference (ISEC) will be hosted by SEEC and the Stats Department from 27 June to 1 July 2022 at the Breakwater Lodge, Cape Town.

See the conference website here.

MASHA short course
Thu, 23 Jan 2020 - 11:15

Sign up for an interesting course offered by the Modelling and Simulation Hub, Africa (MASHA). The short course will be about Mathematical Modelling for Infectious Diseases from 4 to 14 May 2020 at UCT.

SEEC Competition - Design the ISEC 2022 logo
Thu, 28 Nov 2019 - 07:45

Exciting news! The International Statistical Ecology Conference (ISEC) 2022 will be hosted by SEEC and we need your creative skills to help develop a logo for the event.

MSc position available with the CIB looking at iNaturalist data
Sat, 19 Oct 2019 - 11:00

Interested in applying for an MSc using citizen science to understand the distribution of introduced species?

The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology is hosting a MSc project which will assess the value of iNaturalist data for invasion science in South Africa. 

Find out more here.

SEEC and Sea Search MSc Candidate, Jack Fearey, working with Greenpeace
Sat, 19 Oct 2019 - 10:45

This month, Jack Fearey, an MSc candidate within the Centre for Statistics in Ecology, Environment and Conservation and Sea Search group, will be joining Greenpeace on their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, to go to the Vema Seamount. The Vema Seamount is an underwater mountain in the southern Atlantic Ocean, roughly 1000km due west of Cape Town which reaches to within 20m of the sea surface in places. Greenpeace has launched a campaign, “Protect the Oceans, from Pole to Pole” to draw attention to the importance of the world’s oceans, the need for a Global Ocean Treaty and to highlight work being done by scientists around the globe along the journey.

Job opening - research officer
Mon, 25 Feb 2019 - 09:00

We are seeking a full-time Research Officer on a one-year contract to work on various projects that form part of the SEEC-SANBI collaboration. These include analysis of large-scale biodiversity data, piloting data pipelines and giving inputs on monitoring projects. The incumbent will take a leading role with these projects and work closely with other SEEC team members and SANBI scientists. This is a one-year contract, which may be renewed if further funding becomes available.


Postdoc position open in remote sensing
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 - 09:00

UAV ("drone") image of the Drie Kuilen study site where some of our experimental work is taking place (Picture: Adam West and Justin van Blerk).


We are looking for a postdoc interested in working at the interface of ecological observation and remote sensing.

In this three-year position, the incumbent would explore the importance of seasonality on ecological function in the Greater Cape Floristic Region from a remote sensing perspective, while working closely with students on the project. The ideal applicant would have a PhD in ecology with experience in remote sensing.

Application deadline is 1 March 2019.

See here for more details.

New paper - standards for SDMs
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 - 11:30

SEEC alumnus, Raquel Garcia was recently part of a large team of international researchers who published a paper in Scientific Advances on standards for species distribution modelling.

This paper will no doubt be highly cited in the years to come and will be extremely useful for any researchers wanting to use species distribution modelling for their research.

PhD and MSc opportunities in remote sensing
Fri, 21 Dec 2018 - 13:15

The SAEON Fynbos and Ndlovu Nodes have developed a collaboration with researchers at SEEC and Rhodes University, and provincial conservation agencies to develop rapid and repeatable tools for monitoring and mitigating global change impacts on natural resources using open science and reproducible research principles. We seek suitably qualified and enthusiastic candidates to appoint to posts for one PhD and two MSc students in the following projects:

1. Developing repeatable methods for classification of alien and native vegetation in montane grasslands

2. Detection and mapping of invasive alien plants in the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS)

3. Near-real time change detection in the Thicket Biome

For more details, download this PDF.

Congrats to SEEC PhD graduates
Fri, 21 Dec 2018 - 13:00

Congratulations to Greg Duckworth and Alecia Nickless who both graduated with their PhDs this December. We are very proud of you!

Greg did his PhD on the effects of protected areas and climate change on the occupancy dynamics of common bird species in South Africa, and Alecia's project was on modelling CO2 fluxes.

ACCESS Seasonality in the Cape student positions available for 2019
Wed, 08 Aug 2018 - 13:30

We seek several students to join our NRF ACCESS funded “Seasonality in the Cape” project exploring the impacts of changes in rainfall seasonality on vegetation and birds in the global biodiversity hotspot of the Greater Cape Floristic Region (GCFR). Changes in seasonality of rainfall might have profound impacts for this highly diverse and endemic vegetation in the only winter-rainfall dominated region of sub-Saharan Africa.

Our project will combine large-scale outdoor experiments with remote-sensing and citizen science data across the GCFR to tackle this issue. Opportunity exists for the development of key skills in: field experimental approaches, collecting and analysing physiological, demographic and community data, ecological remote sensing and data analysis. 

For more information, click on the image below: