At The Nature's Eye, we present a 2-days workshop to train the attendees on how we can estimate the population size of free-ranging animals through distance sampling, using distance software. Distance sampling is a common technique for measuring population size. It is used to estimate the size of a population of objects in a region, the said region of interest must first be surveyed and drawn.

About the Speaker:

The speaker of the workshop will be Ashish Jangid, he is currently working with the Wildlife Institute of India. In the past he has worked on several projects such as Population estimation of prey predators in the leopard landscape of Jawai (2016-17), Conservation Breeding Programme of Great Indian Bustard (2017-18), Spider diversity assessment in the Indian Thar Desert (2017-18), Population estimation and movement pattern of Lesser Florican (2015), assessment and suggesting mitigation measures for human Wildlife conflict in the Indian Himalayan Region (2018), Finding the functional connectivity between Similipal and Satkosia Tiger Reserves (2019-21). He is currently working on captive sloth bears, where he is testing the morphological traits to distinguish bears. He primarily works as a quantitative ecologist, where taxa are not any particular requirement, hence giving him the opportunity to work on butterflies, spiders, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals too. He has almost 50 research publications, book chapters, and assessment reports, he has also worked for Sac-Isro projects. As he primarily worked as a quantitative ecologist his experience working with wildlife makes him especially qualified to hold this course.


Highlights of the course:

Day 1:

  • Theory of Distance sampling- Field data collection for estimating density through distance sampling (line transect-based)

Day 2:

  • Analyzing density and abundance using Distance software

Who can attend the session:

Those who are interested to learn population estimation techniques using line-transect distance sampling; and those who wish to pursue fieldwork in wildlife habitats. Graduate students and higher are encouraged to participate.


Benefits / Learning Outcomes:

After the completion of this workshop the attendees will be able to:

  • Do field data collection for density estimates through distance sampling (particularly line transect based distance sampling).

  • Have an understanding of the Theory of Distance sampling: what is the base for it and have more of statistical background.

  • Analyze density and abundance estimates using Distance software.

  • Individuals will also be able to analyze the density estimates on the R platform if time permits.


Details of the Workshop:

  • Dates: 23rd  July & 24th July 2022

  • Time: 5-7 pm IST

  • Registration Charges: Rs 699

  • Limited early bird discount: Rs 599 (till 20th June)

  • Platform: Zoom

  • Limited seats available

  • E-Certificates will be provided to all the participants.

  • There will be a Q & A session conducted at the end of the workshop

  • In case of any query feel free to contact: Rahini V / +91-80722 30905 / rahinivkrishnan@gmail.com