Biodiversity Monitoring - principles of measuring population and community change

  • Join us for this stimulating open course where we delve into the monitoring of flora and fauna, and find out why it’s important to ensure we track the abundance of species and the implications of biodiversity monitoring on species and conservation status.

    Following a deeper look into the methods used for monitoring species, we’ll also teach you how to predict species occurrence and assess the quality of our data sources in making estimations.


    As we look at some of the methods used in estimating the abundance of species, we’ll introduce a case study which presents some of the ideas we need to consider in determining the reliability of these abundance estimates. Wrapping up this section of the course will be a simple desk based exercise to outline the parameters we need to take into account when we employ mark-release recapture methods.

    Field working

    Community change is an important aspect of biodiversity monitoring and we introduce some of the methods for assessing change over space and time, both of individual species and/ or whole communities, as well as how estimates of these can be utilised in monitoring.

    Overall, the course looks at the reasons why we select the data we use to monitor biodiversity and how we use it, why it’s crucial to track the occurrence and abundance of species, and introduces some standard methods employed by professional ecologists.

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