The most recent South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR) newsletter featured an article written by SEEC researcher Florian Weller on his research modelling African penguin colonies. African penguins have witnessed a precipitous decline in numbers, from 56 000 breeding pairs in 2001 to only 17 000 in 2013. In this newsletter Florian sheds some light on why this has probably happened and what management measures could help to prevent further decline.
The SEEC Stats Toolbox Seminars started with a BANG!!!! What a turn out? Dr Vernon Visser had a full house as he introduced Species Distribution Models to 92 enthusiastic students and researchers. They represented tertiary institutions, government departments, NGO’s and consulting companies. Prof Res Altwegg, Director of SEEC, welcomed the group and encouraged them to build up their basic stats skills in preparation for the exciting statistical methods that are being developed for ecologists and environmental scientists. We look forward to seeing you at the next SEEC Stats Toolbox Seminar on 25 August 2016, where Res Altwegg will be introducing Occupancy Models. Follow SEEC on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or join our mailing list if you want to be kept in the loop.
Seattle, better known for coffee and Frasier, was recently the host for the International Statistical Ecology Conference (ISEC) 2016. Five SEEC members, including Res Altwegg, Allan Clark, Greg Distiller, Sanet Hugo and Theoni Photopoulou, made the long trek to the west coast of the USA. We are very proud to have such a large contingent of SEECers having talks accepted at such a conference. Res has kindly provided some photos of their trip, and Allan has written a brief report on their trip, which you can see below.
Kudzu vine, a major invader in the USA, is in South Africa, but there is still time to eradicate it here.
SEEC is hosting a monthly seminar series entitled SEEC Stats Toolbox. Every month we will introduce you to a stats method relevant to the fields of ecology, environmental science and conservation as a way of making these methods more accessible.
The seminars are aimed at postgraduate students and researchers who are interested in broadening their stats knowledge.
Please join us for our inaugural seminar on Species Distribution Models on 28 July 2016. See the attached flyer for more details. We look forward to seeing you there.
A new paper by SEEC members Natasha Karenyi and Res Altwegg provides an improved method for setting habitat-based-conservation targets.
Congratulations to Dorine Jansen on the acceptance of her PhD thesis "Ringing data to study climatic influences on passerines".
New paper on why there are so few invasive grasses in South Africa.
Come along to hear about all of the interesting research projects being undertaken by SEEC students!
Postdoc opportunity at SEEC - deadline 10 June.
Kyle Lloyd has just had his Masters thesis accepted! Congratulations Kyle. Below you can read Kyle's abstract on his project on nest predation in sociable weavers.