Course Schedule for 2017 (more recent years available through MSU's internal student sites)
Note: readings are listed in the table below and it is recommended to stay current on the
readings in the course. WNC refers to the Williams et al. (2002) textbook. CW refers to the online MARK manual.
Week of:  Mon. Lab  Tues. Lecture  Thurs. Lecture 

Aug 28 
Course Introduction
(Ch 1, 2, & 3  WNC) 
Estimation & Hypothesis Testing (Ch. 4  WNC) 
Maximum Likelihood Estimation (Ch. 1.  CW) 
Sep 04  Labor Day  no class 
Modeling KnownFate Survival Data (Ch 15  WNC  esp 15.3) 
Modeling knownfate data Model selection basics (Ch 4  CW: pages 433 to 457) 
Sep 11 
Lab 1  Knownfate Survival Modeling

Modeling knownfate data (continued)
(Ch 4  CW: pages 433 to 457) 
Modeling knownfate data with individual covariates

Sep 18  Lab 2  Incorporating Individual Covariates in Survival models

CJS: Motivating Example (Ch 17.117.2  WNC) 
CJS Models
(Ch 17.117.2  WNC) 
Sep 25  Lab 3  CJS models

GOF & Overdispersion m_{ij}array Overview 
GOF & Overdispersion GOF & Overdispersion details (Ch 5  CW) 
Oct 02  Lab 4  CJS models II

Modeling live recapture data using Individual Covariates (Ch 17.117.2  WNC) (Ch 6  CW) 
Cohort & Age Models

Oct 09  Lab 5  Age + Individual Covariates for models of live recapture models

Multistate modeling (Ch 17.3  WNC) (Ch 10  CW) 
Multistate modeling (Ch 17.3  WNC) (Ch 10  CW) 
Oct 16  Lab 6  Multistate models

Estimating abundance of closed populations (Chapter 14.114.2 WNC) (Ch 14  CW) 
Estimating abundance of closed populations Midterm takehome exam handed out 
Oct 23  Lab 7  Closed models (inclass work only  no written assignment this week so you can
work on exam)

JollySeber models 
JollySeber models 
Oct 30  Lab 8  POPAN models (due Nov 13)

Review cmr modeling done to date 
Review cmr modeling done to date 
Nov 06 
Midterm takehome exam handed in by 5 pm in Jay's Ecology mailbox 
Robust Design

Robust Design (Ch19  WNC) (Ch 15  CW) 
Nov 13 
Lab 9  Robust design

Occupancy Models

Occupancy Models Single Species

Nov 20  Lab 10  Occupancy models

Occupancy Models 
Thanksgiving  no class 
Nov 27  Lab 11 Occupancy models  multiseason 
Occupancy Models

Occupancy Models

Dec 04 

Topic chosen by class

Where to from here ...

Dec 11  FINALS WEEK1 