Presented by How should a study be designed to ensure that it effectively addresses the identified research question? This workshop will discuss important elements of study design in ecology and conservation including how to identify and distribute sampling units and avoid bias while doing so; how many samples to collect; and what inferences can and cannot be drawn from particular research designs. Throughout, we will use examples to make concepts as clear as possible. As a part of the workshop, we will set exercises in study design for participants and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the designs that participants come up with and ways to improve them to obtain better results.
Main aims and goal:
To convey key elements of study design, including randomization, replication, interspersion, and common types of sampling strategies for selecting sampling units
To have participants apply these principles to case studies so that the advantages and disadvantages of different sampling strategies are highlighted
To highlight common problems during study design, particularly for observational studies
Target audience:Students conducting or planning to conduct research in ecology/conservation science
Workshop organisers:Advait Edgaonkar and Kavita Isvaran