[R-sig-Geo] Invitation to Partcipate: Species Distribution Modelling Survey (niches, climate envelopes, habitat suitability etc...)

Greg McInerny (Brook Street) a-gregmc at microsoft.com
Thu Jun 16 15:13:48 CEST 2011

Dear Timothy (and r-sig-geo), 
This fits perfectly into the interests of this discussion forum? - "a discussion forum for those analysing ecological and environmental data with R". 
I maybe should clarify, we are ecologists (yes at Microsoft Research!) and this is part of a research project where we are investigating the interactions between software and the users in scientific activities. An online survey is the only way we can reach the diversity of users, across a diversity of software, and get a good representation of what people do. 
We aren't posing a technical question, but we inviting people to talk about their user experiences (such as R) and what tasks people really want the software to perform. I apologise for any cross posting and happy for the survey to be removed if required.
To clarify we are extremely careful with all the information collected and the privacy and disclaimer information can be found here http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/sdmsoftwaresurvey/default.aspx if you would like to ch3eck it out. If you have any questions please email us sdmquest at microsoft.com or reply to this post. Happy to answer all queries.
Best wishes.

-----Original Message-----
From: Gregoire, Timothy [mailto:timothy.gregoire at yale.edu] 
Sent: 16 June 2011 13:48
To: Greg McInerny (Brook Street); r-sig-geo at r-project.org
Subject: RE: [R-sig-Geo] Invitation to Partcipate: Species Distribution Modelling Survey (niches, climate envelopes, habitat suitability etc...)


Timothy G. Gregoire
J. P. Weyerhaeuser Professor of Forest Management School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University
360 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT  06511-2104  U.S.A.

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From: r-sig-geo-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-sig-geo-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of Greg McInerny (Brook Street)
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:42 AM
To: r-sig-geo at r-project.org
Subject: [R-sig-Geo] Invitation to Partcipate: Species Distribution Modelling Survey (niches, climate envelopes, habitat suitability etc...)

Thuiller et al. (2009) suggest that our science is "intertwined with technical innovation..." and how it is "dependent on the existence of suitable software" (Thuiller et al. 2009, Ecography, 32, 369-373).
What do you want to do with software and how? We are researching these questions.

As users and developers of R and R packages we would love you to participate, obviously the best information will come if all types of users and all software are well represented.

Please accept this invitation to take the (anonymous) research survey on Species Distribution Modelling and Software. It takes only takes 5 to 15 minutes, just follow this link...
The survey is open until 1st of July, but please complete as soon as possible! Your views and experiences are immensely valued!

We will publish aggregated results so the modelling community & developers (everyone!) benefits from this research project. It is all anonymous (you can find the project and privacy information here http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/sdmsoftwaresurvey/default.aspx).

If you have any questions please email us here<mailto:sdmquest at microsoft.com?subject=SDM%20Survey>
Best wishes
Greg, Lucas, & Lara

The Research team

We (Greg McInerny, Lucas Joppa and Lara Salido) are Ecologists in the Computational Ecology and Environmental Sciences group in the Computational Science Laboratory at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK. We frequently use SDM and are interested in all kinds of ecological and methodological questions. Find out more about our group's research here<http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/groups/ecology/default.aspx>  You can also find out more about the survey at the project homepage here <http://research.microsoft.com/sdmsoftwaresurvey/%20>  If you have any questions, please email us here<mailto:sdmquest at microsoft.com?subject=SDM%20Survey>

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