Invited Sessions


Movement Modelling

Chair: Roland Langrock
Modelling animal movement is a fast-growing area of research, with great potential for better understanding of animal behaviour, habitat use and habitat connectivity, as well as for improved inference about survey detection probability and species distribution modelling. There are a variety approaches to movement modelling. This session is designed to review some of these and look at areas of likely future development.


New Kinds of Survey Data

Chairs: Nick Isaac and Stephen Marsland
Increasing use of automated detection devices and platforms (drones, acoustic detectors, video, camera traps,...) as well as increased availability of data from citizen scientists via online participation and mobile device apps, are generating new kinds of data. These datasets are often larger than data from designed surveys with human detectors, involve less equivocal object, species and individual identification than from trained trained human detectors, and often involve more opportunistic data gathering. There is a growing role for Computer Scientists in analysing such data, and potential for machine learning methods to automate aspects of data analysis. The aim of this session is to raise awareness of the statistical issues that arise with these new kinds of data, to raise awareness of the potential role of machine learning and related methods, an to promote discussion of these issues.

Distance Sampling

Chairs: Rachel Fewster and David Borchers
This session will review the development of Distance Sampling over the past few decades, highlighting current developments, and considering future directions. The session will also pay tribute to the contributions of one of the founders of ISEC and one of the most influential figures in Distance Sampling, Steve Buckland, who will be retiring from full-time academic work shortly after ISEC.