Distance Sampling Workshops

Here you can find content for distance sampling workshops including slides, exercises and other materials.

Free online course

Online distance sampling introductory workshop: a full introductory workshop, including recorded video lectures, exercises and quizzes.

Forthcoming interactive workshops

We are planning the following workshops in the autumn:

  • Distance Live introductory online workshop, dates 29 August - 09 September 2022
  • Camera trap distance sampling, 19-23 September 2022
  • Distance sampling when animals are missed at zero distance, dates TBC
  • A practical guide to distance sampling survey design and simulation, dates TBC
  • Spatially explicit models for distance sampling data: density surface modelling in practice, TBC

We are also in the early stages of planning workshops for spring 2023. We will post further updates here, on Twitter and on the distance sampling mailing list.

Widening participation scholarships

We are committed to encouraging participation in our distance sampling workshops by scientists from countries with fewer resources, and from groups traditionally under-represented in wildlife science. To this end, we will donate one free place on most workshops, covering the cost of the registration fee. For more information about the scheme, please see our widening participation scholarship page.

Workshop code of conduct

All instructors and participants are required to adhere to our code of conduct.

Previous workshops

Some previous workshops from 2019 onwards, are shown here. Links, where given, are to workshop material.

  • Distance sampling when animals are missed at zero distance 17th - 18th May 2022.
  • A practical guide to distance sampling survey design and simulation 9th - 12th May 2022.
  • Distance Live introductory online workshop 11th - 22nd April 2022.
  • Camera trap distance sampling using Distance for Windows 21st - 25th March 2022.
  • Distance Live introductory online workshop 10th - 21st Jan 2022.
  • Camera trap distance sampling October 2021 18th - 21st Oct 2021.
  • Distance Live introductory online workshop 20 Sept - 01 Oct 2021.
  • A practical guide to distance sampling survey design and simulation, 13th, 14th and 16th September 2021.
  • Distance sampling when animals are missed at zero distance, 30th-31st August 2021.
  • Spatially explicit models for distance sampling data: density surface modelling in practice, 16th-20th August 2021.
  • Distance Live introductory online workshop online, 12th-23rd April 2021.
  • A practical guide to distance sampling survey design and simulation online, 15th-17th March 2021.
  • Spatially explicit models for distance sampling data: density surface modelling in practice online, 8th-12th March 2021.
  • Distance sampling when animals are missed at zero distance, 11th-12th January 2021.
  • Distance Live introductory online workshop online, 9th-20th November 2020.
  • Spatially explicit models for distance sampling data: density surface modelling in practice online, 5th-9th October 2020.
  • Distance Live introductory online workshop online, 21st September-2nd October 2020.
  • Distance Live introductory online workshop online, 7th-18th September 2020.
  • Mark-recapture distance sampling: distance sampling when animals are missed at zero distance online, 24th-25th August 2020.
  • Distance Live introductory online workshop online, 6th-17th July 2020.
  • Spatially explicit models for distance sampling data: density surface modelling in practice online, 8th - 12th June 2020.
  • Distance Live introductory online workshop online, 4th-15th May 2020.
  • Distance Live introductory online workshop online, 17th-28th February 2020.
  • Distance Live introductory online workshop online, 6th-17th January 2020.
  • Distance Live introductory online workshop online, 4th-15th November 2019.
  • Introductory and advanced distance sampling Workshops in-person at St Andrews, 19th-30th August 2019.