Quantitative Ecology Showcase: Ambitious theories, big data, new statistics & software

Wednesday 28 – Thursday 29 November 2018

We invite you to attend inaugural “Quantitative Ecology Showcase” meeting, a 2-day mini conference bringing together ecologists using the latest quantitative methods in their research to share research findings and exchange knowledge. Quantitative methods are increasingly important for ecology. Yet, there have been few opportunities for those interested in quantitative ecology to meet locally. This meeting is the first of what will hopefully become a recurring event within Australia.

In 2018, the Quantitative Ecology Showcase is being held on 28-29 November 2018 within /alongside the annual conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane. Attendees at the miniconf can either register for the main ESA conference, or use the special 2-day miniconf registration being offered. Anyone registering for either event is welcome to attend talks at both events on their registered days. While we expect many minconf participants will stay for the entire ESA conference, we hope the special 2-day registration will encourage more people to attend.

How to register

You can register to attend just the Quantitative Ecology Showcase on 28/29 November, or you can attend this as part of your full ESA18 Conference Registration.

Registration fee (if attending ONLY the Quantitative Ecology Showcase):

$300 inc GST. Student registration fee is $150 inc GST

Program:

Talks in the miniconf will be organised around five broad themes:
1. Advances in modelling global biodiversity patterns
2. Advances in modelling dynamic ecological systems
3. Using big data to predict global biodiversity patterns
4. Using big data to predict ecological dynamics
5. Synthesising theories and big data with near-term ecological forecasting

We will also hold two sessions of contributed 5 minute lightning talks, preferentially allotted to ECRs working in quantitative ecology, and a poster session at the end of day 1. This will provide an avenue for ECR attendees to present their research.

We are approaching speakers for the main session. If you are interested, please approach one of the organisers. Anyone can nominate to present a lightning talk.

Who should attend?

Anyone using quantitative techniques in their research, especially those who spend more time writing code or math than they do in the lab or field. Quantitative research includes mathematical, statistical, and computational models, as well software and data targeting ecological research. Topics of interest include big-picture theory about the patterns and dynamics of the biosphere, populations, species distributions, and ecological networks. Unlike many ecological conferences, you are welcome to present and discuss technical details.

Organisers
Dr Daniel Falster – daniel.falster@unsw.edu.au, ARC Future Fellow, University of New South Wales
Dr Jian Yen – jian.yen@unimelb.edu.au, McKenzie Fellow, University of Melbourne
Dr Nick Golding – nick.golding.research@gmail.com, ARC DECRA fellow, University of Melbourne
Prof Belinda Medlyn – b.medlyn@westernsydney.edu.au, Western Sydney University