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.
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 training, but will also provide opportunities for exchanges, impromptu meetings and stimulating discussions.
SUMMER SCHOOL 2015
In 2015, two summer schools related to the FCM program are offered.
SUMMER SCHOOL 2014
The third edition of the FCM Summer School was held from June 2 to 6, 2014, at Forêt Montmorency (Université Laval, north of Québec city).
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, workshops and other training activities 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.
OTHER TRAINING ACTIVITIES 2014
Modelling Summer school
A one week summer school on modelling techniques of ecological ecosystems will be offered at August 25-29, 2014. Training will be given at the Domaine Valga, located at Saint-Gabriel (approx. 30 km from Rimouski). The training will be given by Dominique Gravel, professor at Université du Québec à Rimouski and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Continental Ecosystem Ecology. This intensive training session is principally intended for MSc and PHD students in biology, forestry, wildlife management and oceanography. The objective is to acquire the technical skills needed to design and analyze ecological models. Main topics will include: i) Differential equations, local stability analysis; ii) Numerical methods of integration; iii) Stochastic models; iv) Cellular automata and spatial ecology; v) Ecological networks. For each topic, there will be short presentations of the techniques, followed by supervised exercises in R and then work on personal projects. Participants are required to already have at least a basic familiarity with R and knowledge of differential and integral calculus. All details here.
Workshop on Structural equations and Path analysis
James Grace (U.S. Geological Survey) gave a workshop on structural equations and path analysis, March 25, 2014, at UQAM (Montréal). James Grace is a world leader in Quantitative Ecology. This workshop was organized by the Chair in Spatial Modelling and Biodiversity and the FCM program. For more information, please consult Dr. Grace's web site and his book «Structural Equation Modeling and Natural Sytems » (Cambridge).
OTHER TRAINING ACTIVITIES 2013
Work meeting - How the concept of "Complex Adaptive System" can be useful and used to better manage the world's forests
A work meeting was held October 31 2013 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 was to have the basics to write a short article for forest managers in a high impact journal. FCM members and students were welcome to attend this meeting that was held at the Station de Biologie des Laurentides (Université de Montréal).
Modelling Techniques in Ecology Summer School
The first one week summer school on modelling techniques of ecological ecosystems was offered at August 26-30, 2013. Training was given at the Domaine Valga, located near Rimouski. The training was given by Dominique Gravel, professor at Université du Québec à Rimouski and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Continental Ecosystem Ecology assisted by Timothée Poisot, postdoctoral fellow at the same lab. All the material used during the training is available here.
Workshop for LANDIS users
A workshop for LANDIS users was held at ISFORT (Ripon, Québec) on October 28-30, 2013. This workshop was 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 was a need for sharing the methodological and technical expertise that we acquired in process of our respective projects. All details here.
OTHER TRAINING ACTIVITIES 2012
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.