APB Sponsored CPD Events

One of the main priorities of the APB is to ensure our membership throughout British Columbia is provided timely, relevant training opportunities, workshops and webinars. Our mandate is to ensure competency in the biology profession, practice and related decision making processes. Please check our Calendar to see upcoming training, workshops and webinars provided by the APB and affiliated organizations. If you have a suggestion for a CPD training course, please contact the APB office


Using Organized Reasoning to Improve Scientific Technical Writing


This workshop will give you ideas and tools to help you write technical materials such as letters, reports, or impact assessments so they are more effective and more transparent for your audiences, and are (to some extent) faster and cheaper for you.

Scientific technical writing constantly uses reasoning to reach conclusions. That process is called ‘argument’—meaning assembling a series of reasons, leading to conclusions, targeted for a specific audience. We address two sets of tools. The first provides principles and practices for creating clearer arguments relevant to different kinds of technical documents. The second shows tools for bringing the steps of argument into the written text of your documents.

The workshop shows how written technical documents contain common errors in their arguments and weaknesses in their writing. Participants practice assembling evidence and reasons for several different kinds of argument found in technical documents. We practice several steps, and introduce some computer-based tools, that show how to bring those improved arguments into technical report writing. We discuss how several organizations implemented these steps in their professional practice. At the end, participants will have a revised approach to planning, preparing and writing scientific technical reports that they can use on the job.


Dr. Glenn Brown is an ecologist, environmental manager and educator with over 25 years experience. He has worked on baseline studies, environmental planning, impact assessment, restoration and ecosystem services projects. In recent years he’s emphasized sharing tools of organized reasoning. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Glenn is an independent consultant and teaches in the Masters of Environment and Management program at Royal Roads University. More information at www.glennbrown.ca.

Statistics Refresher for Biologists: in “R” Software


Many scientific studies are full of statistical jargon, tables of averages and other statistics, and results of statistical tests which purport to prove a certain hypothesis. The purpose of this course is to review some of the basic sampling and experiment designs used by ecologists and to understand exactly what can and cannot be extracted from a set of data. With the advent of modern statistical packages, the analysis of data is fairly easy, but it is far too easy to get nonsense results. This course will also review common pitfalls in the analysis of data.



Dr. Carl Schwarz is a faculty member at Simon Fraser University. His research interests are in Statistics and Ecology, particularly in capture-recapture methods to study animal populations and environmental impact studies.



Systematic Conservation Prioritization using “Marxan 2.0”

Date and location:  TBA

Marxan is a conservation software tool that, depending on the particular target and constrains of input data, produces spatial reserve systems for conservation purposes. It is the most popular systematic reserve software used in the world, and has been applied to conserving the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Farallon Islands, Callifornia, and East Kalimantan, Indonesia, among other regions.

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