Several faculty members of the FCM program offer courses related to the program’s fields of study at their respective universities. Many of these courses can be taken remotely by videoconference, provided there are facilities available. Students must notify the professor and program coordinator at least one session in advance of their intention to participate in these courses.
Courses are open to all interested students, even if they are not enrolled in the FCM program.
List of courses offered in 2013 :
Professor : Bill Shipley
University : Université de Sherbrooke
Location : Gault Nature Reserve, Mont-St-Hilaire (close to Montreal)
Semester : Summer 2013 (May 5-10)
Language : English
Remote availability : No
All details here
Professor : Dominique Gravel
University : Université du Québec à Rimouski
Location : Near Rimouski (Lower St-Lawrence region)
Semester : End of summer or Fall 2013 (dates to come in April)
Language : French and possibly English, according to participants
Remote availability : No
Note : This training will not be credited in 2013
All details here
Registration for Regular Courses
Every year, the FCM program organise a Summer School adressing themes such as forest ecology, modelling and complexity. Students supported by a scholarship from the FCM program are strongly encouraged to attend. FCM Partners are also welcome. Non-scholarship students may also attend, provided that there is sufficient space.
This Summer School is open to foreign students and the majority of classes will be offered in English. It is our hope that the Summer School will not only provide valuable instruction in the chosen topics, but will also provide opportunities for exchanges, impromptu meetings and stimulating discussions.
SUMMER SCHOOL 2013
The second edition was held from June 3 to 7 2013 at the Gault Nature Reserve (McGill University, Saint-Hilaire, Quebec).
The session "How to integrate complexity in management?" given by Christian Messier and Klaus Puettmann was recorded and is available in 3 episodes on :
SUMMER SCHOOL 2012
The first edition has been held from May 28th to June 1st at the Laurentian Biology Station (Université de Montréal, Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec).
Seminars are given regularly by invited researchers in the various participating universities. Check the calendar and contact the program coordinator if you wish to attend the presentations remotely.
Work meeting - How the concept of "Complex Adaptive System" can be useful and used to better manage the world's forests
A work meeting will be held Thursday October 31 with Dr. Simon Levin (complexity specialist), Robin Chazdon (specialist in the dynamics and management of tropical forests) and Klaus Puettmann (specialist in silviculture and in the use of the concept of complexity in forest management) to discuss how the concept of "Complex Adaptive System" can be useful and used to better manage the world's forests. The purpose of this meeting is to have the basics to write a short article for forest managers in a high impact journal. FCM members and students are welcome to attend this meeting that will be held at the Station de Biologie des Laurentides (Université de Montréal), between 10:00 and 17:00. Please tell Virginie Angers (angers.virginie “at” uqam.ca) if you wish to participate and if you need transportation from Montreal before October 25. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Christian Messier (messier.christian “at” uqam.ca).
Workshop for LANDIS users
A workshop for LANDIS users will be held at ISFORT (Ripon, Québec) on October 28-30, 2013. This workshop is organised by Frédérik Doyon’s lab and the FCM Program. After discussions among current LANDIS users working in Quebec, it's been acknowledged that there is a need for sharing the methodological and technical expertise that we acquired in process of our respective projects. All details here.
Workshop on Structural equations and Path analysis
James Grace (U.S. Geological Survey) will give a workshop on structural equations and path analysis, October 1, at UQAM (Montréal). James Grace is a world leader in Quantitative Ecology. This workshop, organized by the Chair in Spatial Modelling and Biodiversity and the FCM program is for MSc and PhD students, and Post-doctoral researchers. 15 spots are reserved for the FCM. The priority will be given to the FCM scholarship students, but if there are available spots, they will be offered to students being supervised by FCM regular members and collaborators. Participants should bring their own computer. The deadline for registration is September 25 and please contact Pedro Peres-Neto (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register and for further questions. This workshop will be given in English. Please visit https://profile.usgs.gov/gracej/ to consult Dr. Grace's web site and his book «Structural Equation Modeling and Natural Sytems » (Cambridge). Don't forget that if you are not in Montreal, the FCM program can pay for transportation and accommodation.
Workshop on Mixed models in a bayesian and frequentist context
Ben Bolker (McMaster University, a world leader in the field of quantitative ecology) gave a two-day workshop at UQAM (Montréal), October 30th and 31st 2012. About 20 participants attended the workshop organised jointly by the Canada Research Chair in Spatial Modelling and Biodiversity and the CREATE program in Forest Complexity Modelling. Please visit Dr. Bolker’s web site and his book “Ecological Models and Data in R”.
Students are encouraged to do internships at other institutes and laboratories working in the fields of complexity (e.g. Santa Fe Institute and the New England Complex Systems Institute) and modelling (e.g. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies). Mobility scholarships have been established by the FCM program and several other mobility bursaries are available through universities and research centres associated with the FCM program.