Pre-Conference Courses

Three (1-2 days)  pre-Conference courses (virtual modality) are open for postgraduate students and ECRs for free and will be provided  a week before the Conference :

The Neotoma Paleoecology database:  How to access, use and contribute data

  16 – 17 November 2022 – One half day on each day |  Organizers:  Joy Hobbs, Don Charles, Adam Heathcote and Mark Edlund |  Maximum number of participants: 25

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The Neotoma Paleoecology Database (neotomadb.org) contains data on over 1500 sites throughout the world, and is used increasingly to address ecological issues on a regional scale. The first workshop session will provide an overview of Neotoma: the mission, the Neotoma software ecosystem, database structure and content, and basic data retrieval through the online Neotoma Explorer.   The second session will include hands-on exercises showing how to access data using the Neotoma R package. The R portion of the workshop will assume basic to intermediate familiarity with R functions, and to partake in the exercises will require participants to have a computer with R Studio installed. We will also cover the basics of preparing data files for upload to Neotoma, with a strong focus on diatom data. Though the examples and discussion throughout this workshop will focus on diatom data, the information will be relevant to all proxies in Neotoma.  This workshop is a good starting point for those interested in pursuing training as a Neotoma Data Steward. Also, we will arrange opportunities for individual and small-group follow-up discussions at the meeting site and via Zoom.

 If you have questions about the workshop, please email Joy Hobbs (jramstack@smm.org) or Don Charles(dfc63@drexel.edu)

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An introduction to GIS

  16-17 November 2022 |  Organizer:   Julio Lancelotti, CENPAT CONICET, Puerto Madryn Argentina |  Maximum number of participants: 15

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The purpose of the course is to provide the fundamental tools for the processing, analysis and presentation of geographic information based on Geographic Information Systems (GIS by Geographic Information System). The use of the tools are illustrated with applications in the field of ecology. However, procedures or analyzes applied to spatial data are emphasized that are common to other disciplines and to a wide variety of situations.

 

Julio Lancelotti

Multivariate statistics for paleoenvironmental sciences

  15-18 November 2022 |  Organizer:   Alex Correa-Metrio –  Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México |  Maximum number of participants: 12

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Alex Correa-Metrio is a senior researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma  de México. His main interest is the study of long-term vegetation dynamics of the Neotropics, which he approaches using paleoecological methods.

Contents:

  • The multidimensional space (2 hours).
  • R: software for numerical analysis (2 hours).
  • Cluster analysis:
    • Multivaraite distance (2 hours).
    • Clustering techniques (2 hours).
  • Multidimensional analysis: Principal component analysis (4 hours).
  • Non-metric multidimensional scaling (2 hours)
  • Detrended correspondence analysis (2 hours).

Alex Correa-Metrio

NEW deadline for abstract submission:  9 September