Weekly links round-up: 13/11/2015

Otso Ovaskainen has led two interesting papers in the recent issue of Methods in Ecology and Evolution. The first uses latent variable models to improve on species occurrence prediction – by accounting for the presence of other species the predictive power is doubled compared to environmental covariates only. The second outlines a spatially explicit joint species distribution model – they show that including spatial latent factors improves predictive power.

Jeff Leek has put together a nice guide/discussion of how he decides when to trust an R package.

Spatial datasets used in Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists available online.

Events

The BES GM debate, part of the annual meeting fringe, 17.30-20.30, 16th December at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Courses

Comparative approaches in ecology and evolution – course bringing together functional, demographic and phylogenetic analyses – 25-29 April at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.

Jobs

PhD at Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Wallingford – Winners & Losers in the Anthropocene: detecting and understanding the impact of environmental change on plants across multiple spatial, temporal and biodiversity scales.

Lecturer in Statistics at University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Research Officer position at Bangor University – molecular ecology (eDNA analysis).

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