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MED Scientist To Participate in Bayesian Modeling Techniques Workshop

Matthew Etterson, an ecologist at the NHEERL Mid-Continent Ecology Division (MED) in Duluth, MN, will participate in a formal training workshop on Bayesian modeling techniques. The workshop, which will be conducted July 4-6, 2011, in Glasgow, Scotland, will be based on the book Bayesian Analysis for Population Ecology, which is widely recognized as the definitive textbook in the field, and be led by its authors. There, Dr. Etterson will participate in scientific sessions, including those on Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms, WinBUGS software, and hierarchical modeling techniques in Bayesian statistics. The Bayesian statistical methods are emerging as the new paradigm in animal modeling and risk assessment, and they will be extremely useful to EPA in guiding the development of the next generation of models for wildlife risk assessment.

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