CSP4230 - Design and Analysis of Biological Monitoring

Course CodeCSP4230
Course TitleDesign and Analysis of Biological Monitoring

Emphasis is placed on developing skills in the design of monitoring studies and analyses of species/habitat status or trends, as well as identifying factors influencing status or trends. A goal of the course is to build a working knowledge of uncomplicated but useful sampling designs, based on the ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘when’, ‘where’ and ‘how many’ of sampling. Participants will analyze data collected in such a framework for status or trend assessment.
During field and lab exercises, learners will develop and apply sampling designs, collect data, and make estimates of a population characteristic (e.g., density or abundance) with confidence intervals.


  • Develop critical monitoring and design skills, based upon reliable analytical techniques that are integrated with statistical sampling theory and field implementation;
  • Practice a variety of sampling designs and subsequent data analysis with a field exercise.
  • Introduction to Generalized Random Tessellation Sampling (GRTS) and Balanced Acceptance Sampling strategies for spatial coverage.
  • Examine ways to address imperfect detection such as double observer sampling, adaptive sampling, distance sampling and occupancy modeling.
  • Evaluate power of sampling designs to detect trends or make point estimates with a desired level of precision.
  • Generate point estimates of population characteristics and develop confidence intervals by classic normal data techniques and by bootstrapping
  • Apply occupancy modeling to determine proportion of area (POA) occupied by a species and change in POA over time.
  • Use BACI designs for impact assessment.
  • Model detectability and adjust estimates to account for imperfect detectability.


Making Sense of Biological Data with R and Statistical Modeling for Conservation or equivalent experience with R and statistical background. Consult with course leader with requests for bypassing course prerequisites.


Biologists who 1) make status assessments for reasons such as evaluating the influences of management actions or potential changes in the environment, and 2) monitor species or habitat changes over space or time.

Delivery MethodInstructor Led
Non-FWS Fee$1,195.00
Instructional Hours36
Course Content ContactEric Tsakiris; eric_tsakiris@fws.gov; 304-876-7430; eric_tsakiris@fws.gov
Curriculum CategoryGeospatial and Statistics
Course FrequencyOnce per year
Registration LinkLMS
Extracted from DOI LEARN on6/27/2017 9:40:25 AM

Schedule:  CSP4230 - Design and Analysis of Biological Monitoring