We presented a poster at the ICCB/ECCB 2015 congress in Montpellier, France, that summarized our research on single visit methodology.
We showed that if information on habitat covariates that affect occupancy/abundance and detection are collected, then one can estimate detection probability as well as occupancy/abundance parameters.
Organizers wanted the poster sessions to be interactive. But posters are hung up much longer than the actual poster session. What can be done to make posters interactive in the absence of a presenter? This gave the idea to mimic a blog post, both in style and in structure. I added space for comments and created a mini poll, left out a marker on a string, and waited for the results.
Survey responses were mostly positive, which is good. But the best of all was a cute little girl who was thrilled at the notion of drawing onto the poster. Thanks for the feedback!
The bSims R package is a highly scientific and utterly addictive bird point count simulator. Highly scientific, because it implements a spatially explicit mechanistic simulation that is based on statistical models widely used in bird point count analysis (i.e. removal models, distance sampling), and utterly addictive because the implementation is designed to allow rapid interactive exploration (via shiny apps) and efficient simulation (supporting various parallel backends), thus elevating the user experience.
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