Methods & Tools

The integration of data and models is at the core of ecological forecasting. There is much that can be learned about forecasting methods from other disciplines, from weather forecasters through to economic forecasters. But ecologists also face challenges that outside the mainstream of either of these extremes, such as a high degree of process heterogeneity across many scales and an abundance of semi-mechanistic models, where physical and chemical constraints play an important role but many functional relationships are empirically derived. This working group will advance the statistical methods and tools for forecasting and data assimilation by advancing statistical approaches and best practices for data assimilation, translating these into software tools usable by ecologists, and develop uncertainty estimates on common data.

Methods Working Group Schedule of Calls:
The Methods & Cyberinfrastructure will meet jointly on January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, and May 12 at 11am US Eastern. We are always open to people joining the calls, contact us at eco4cast.initiative@gmail.com

Methods Blog Posts and Resources

  • Introducing EFI Task Views!
  • R Shiny Seminar Series – recordings and resources from 4 seminars that demonstrated a variety of technical aspects for R Shiny web app development and provided example R code for a Shiny app that incorporates the features shared during the seminars. The topics in this series include:
    • A Primer to Creating Interactive Maps with Leaflet in Shiny
    • Improving Speed of Shiny Apps by Pre-Computing Models
    • Creative Visualization of Model Results and Uncertainty in Shiny
    • Visualization of Data in Space and Time: An Interactive Framework
  • Statistical Methods Webinar Series – recordings and resources from 9 webinars on a range of statistical tools and R packages that can be used for each of the tools. The topics include:
    • Hidden Markov Models,
    • NIMBLE,
    • Multi-species Occupancy Modeling,
    • Integrated Step-Selection Analysis,
    • Movement Ecology,
    • Generalized Joint Attribute Modeling (GJAM),
    • Generalized Additive Models (GAMs),
    • Species Archetype Models and Regions of Common Profile Models,
    • Mixed Models
Ben Toh provides an overview of the Method and Cyberinfrastructure Working Groups’ progress on the Task Views for the EFISA Early Career Meeting held June 14-15, 2021.

Notes from Working Group Calls
Chair: Jacob Zwart (USGS)

  1. May 12, 2022 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  2. April 14, 2022 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  3. March 10, 2022 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  4. February 10, 2022 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  5. January 13, 2022 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  6. December 7, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  7. November 9, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  8. October 12, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  9. September 21, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  10. August 20, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  11. July 16, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  12. June 25, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  13. May 24, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  14. April 26, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  15. March 29, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  16. March 1, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  17. February 1, 2021 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  18. December 15, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  19. November 17, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  20. October 20, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  21. September 22, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  22. August 24, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  23. July 27, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  24. June 29, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  25. June 1, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  26. May 8, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  27. April 17, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  28. March 27, 2020 – joint Methods and CI Working Groups call
  29. February 21, 2020
  30. November 14, 2019
  31. September 26, 2019
  32. August 21, 2019
  33. July 10, 2019