The constant travel for workshops, meetings, and training courses has meant there’s been a bit a gap between the posts here: sorry about that. However, I am pleased to say that, despite repeated attempts by the British public transport infrastructure to thwart my attendance, I have arrived at the joint BES/INTECOL conference. This year is a pretty special one for the British Ecological Society as it is their 100th anniversary since the founding of the society in 1913.
It is still only half-way through the second day and I’ve already seen many impressive talks and posters. In particular there has been much talk (at least in the sessions that I have attended) about the limitations and biases in the common application of species distribution models. After a brief glance over the programme, I feel that this might become a bit of a recurring theme. For those of you who are interested, I will talk today at 17:00 in the ‘Maths, Models and Methods in Ecology I’ session in Capital Suite 4. I will be presenting my new PLMMRF model for modelling species distributions when there exists a number of non-climatic limiting factors to a species range. However, I won’t hold it against you if you aren’t attending my talk: the programme holds some pretty stiff competition in the parallel sessions. Here is a link to my presentation if you are unable to attend my session.
I will elaborate on PLMMRF further on this blog when the project is ready to go live. In the meantime, I am happy to answer questions, either via email, or, if you’re attending INTECOL, in person: I am the one with the crazy hair and the sandals although, looking around, I realise that that description might not be too helpful at an ecology conference.