2024 Syllabus

Sunday, March 10: “Travel Day”

  • 5:30am: Meet at Madagascar Biodiversity Center in Tsimbazaza for departure
  • 6am-6pm: Drive to Centre Val Bio in Ranomafana, with a stop for lunch in Ambositra
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Dinner
  • 7:30-9:30pm: Instructor Introductions and Overview of Week

Monday, March 11: “Getting Started with the Basics”

  • 6:30-8:00am: Breakfast
  • 8:15-8:30am: Road Map and Daily Agenda (Sophia)
  • 8:30-9:45am: Lecture: Data and Models (Tanjona)
  • 9:45-10:15am: Break
  • 10:15-12:00pm: 3-minute Student Introductions (Sophia)
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00-3:00pm: Lecture/Tutorial: Simple Statistics (Michelle)
  • 3:00-3:30pm: Coffee Break
  • 3:30-5:30pm: Lecture/Tutorial: Linear Regression (Andres)
  • 5:30-6:30pm: Office Hour (Tanjona, Michelle, Andres, Sophia, Mentors) 6:30-7:30pm: Dinner
  • Homework: read ‘Model-Guided Field Work’ in preparation for ‘Model Guided Study Design’

Tuesday, March 12: “Using Models with Data”

  • 6:30-8:00am: Breakfast
  • 8:15-8:30am: Road Map and Daily Agenda (Sophia)
  • 8:30-10:30am: Lecture: Formulating Research Questions (Cara)
  • 10:30-11:00am: Break
  • 11:00-12:00pm: Lecture/Tutorial: Model Guided Study Design (Tanjona)
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00-3:00pm: Lecture/Tutorial: Mixed Modeling (Emily)
  • 3:00-3:30pm: Coffee Break
  • 3:30-5:30pm: Lecture/Tutorial: Mechanistic Modeling (Sophie)
  • 5:30-6:30pm: Office Hour (Cara, Tanjona, Emily, Sophie, Sophia, Mentors)
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Dinner
  • Homework: Write your own research question, read TBD in preparation for ‘Small Group Discussion: Reading a Research Paper’

Wednesday, March 13: “Applying Simple Models”

  • 6:30-8:00am: Breakfast
  • 8:15-8:30am: Road Map and Daily Agena (Sophia)
  • 8:30-9:00am: Large Group Session: Refining Research Questions for Modeling (Cara)
  • 9:00-10:45am: Small Group Sessions: Refining Research Questions for Modeling (All Instructors)
  • 10:45-11:00am: Break
  • 11:00-12:00pm: Exercise + Discussion: Dynamical Fever (Gwen, Sophie, Santino)
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00pm: Exercise + Discussion: Dynamical Fever (Gwen, Sophie, Santino)
  • 2:00-3:00pm: Small Group Discussion: Researching a Research Paper (Christian, Natalia)
  • 3:00-5:00pm: Work Time + One on One Instructor Meetings (All Instructors)
  • 5:00-6:00pm: Mid-Session Feedback (Mentors)
  • 6:00-6:30pm: Break
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Dinner
  • 7:00-9:00pm: (optional) Night Walk - meet out front of CVB
  • Homework: ‘Creating a Model World + Building a Statistical Framework’ due Friday March 15th

Thursday, March 14: “Fitting Models to Data”

  • 6:30-7:30am: Breakfast
  • 7:30am-1:00pm: Hike in Ranomafana National Park - meet out front of CVB
  • 1:00-2:00pm: Lunch
  • 2:00-3:15pm: Lecture/Tutorial: Model Fitting in Practice (Michelle)
  • 3:15-3:45pm: Coffee Break & Response to Feedback (Sophia)
  • 3:45-4:15pm: Exercise: Epidemic Cards (Sophie, Emily, Angelo)
  • 4:15-5:15pm: Tutorial: Model Fitting with Epidemic Cards
  • 5:15-6:30pm: Work Time + One on One Instructor Meetings (All Instructors)
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Dinner
  • Homework: Creating a Model World + Building a Statistical Framework due Friday March 15th

Friday, March 15: “Refining Your Work”

  • 6:30-8:00am: Breakfast
  • 8:15-8:30am: Road Map and Daily Agenda (Sophia)
  • 8:30-10:00am: Activity: Model Telephone with Model Diagrams (Cara)
    • Example model description here
  • 10:00-10:30am: Break
  • 10:30-12:00pm: Lecture + Activity: So many models! How to choose?! (Tanjona)
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:30pm: Lecture/Tutorial: Model Selection and Comparison (Christian)
  • 2:30-3:00pm: Coffee Break
  • 3:00-4:30pm: Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to Phylogenetic Modeling (Gwen)
  • 4:30-4:45pm: Assignment: Final Research Plans (Sophia)
  • 4:45-5:45pm: Office Hour (Cara, Tanjona, Christian, Gwen, Sophia, Mentors)
  • 5:45-6:30pm: Break
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Dinner
  • Homework: Final research plans due TBD

Saturday, March 16: “Putting it all in Perspective”

  • 6:30-8:00am: Breakfast
  • 8:15-8:30am: Road Map and Daily Agenda (Sophia)
  • 8:30-10:00am: Lecture: Modeling in Practice: The Life Cycle of a Modeling Project (Andres)
  • 10:00-10:30am: Break
  • 10:30-11:00am: Lecture: Looking back: How far have we come? (Tanjona)
  • 11:00-11:45am: Coding 4 Conservation Talks
  • 11:45-12:00pm: Group photo - wear your shirts and meet outside of CVB!
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00-3:00pm: Work Time + One on One Instructor Meetings (All Instructors)
  • 3:00-6:30pm: Work Time + Free Time
  • 6:30-9:00pm: Farwell Dinner
  • Homework: Final Research Plans due TBD

Sunday, March 17: Travel Day

  • 5:30-6:00am: Breakfast to go
  • 6am-6pm: Drive to Madagascar Biodiversity Center in Tsimbazaza in Tana, with a stop for lunch in Ambositra

Tuesday, March 19: Final Symposium at Madagascar Biodiversity Center