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Advances in Spatial Analysis of Multivariate Ecological Data: Theory and Practice (MVSP03)

7th May 2018 - 11th May 2018

£300 - £600.00

Course Overview:

The course will describe recent methods (concepts and R tools) that can be used to analyse spatial patterns in community ecology. The umbrella concept of the course is beta diversity, which is the spatial variation of communities. These methods are applicable to all types of communities (bacteria, plants, animals) sampled along transects, regular grids or irregularly distributed sites. The new methods, collectively referred to as spatial eigen-function analysis, are grounded into techniques commonly used by community ecologists, which will be described first: simple ordination (PCA, CA, PCoA), multivariate regression and canonical analysis, permutation tests. The choice of dissimilarities that are appropriate for community composition data will also be discussed. The focal question is to determine how much of the community variation (beta diversity) is due to environmental sorting and to community-based processes, including neutral processes. Recently developed methods to partition beta diversity in different ways will be presented. Extensions will be made to temporal and space-time data.

Intended Audience

Research postgraduates, practicing academics and primary investigators in spatial ecology particularly communities (bacteria, plants, animals) sampled along transects, regular grids or irregularly distributed sites. The skills learnt can also be applied by management and environmental professionals in government and industry.

Venue – Orford Musique, 3165 Chemin du Parc, Orford, QC J1X 7A2, Canada – Google Maps

If you are arriving by plane, the most convenient airport is the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

To get from the airport to Orford Musique, you can either take an airport shuttle, rent a car or use a taxi. Note that since Orford Musique is roughly 140 km (87 miles) from the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, a taxi ride may be costly.

Airport Shuttle

A good option for airport shuttles is to use the company Aeroshuttle (https://aeronavette.ca/en/home/). A one-way trip costs 90 $CAN + taxes (103.48 $CAN) while a round trip costs 120 $CAN + taxes (137.97 $CAN). This airport shuttle will get you directly to Orford Musique.

Montréal transit system and Limocar

A cheaper but more complicated option is to take bus 747 (trajet Centre-ville) from the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and exit at the end of the line; the “Berri-UQÀM” stop (see map below). The bus should take roughly 60 minutes to reach this stop depending on traffic. In the bus, the fare is 10 CAN$ and only coins are accepted. It is also possible to by bus ticket at the airport at the STM information counter. The full details of the bus route is available here http://www.stm.info/sites/default/files/planibus_mars2018/en/747.pdf.

Availability – 32 places
Duration – 5 days
Contact hours – Approx. 35 hours
ECT’s – Equal to 3 ECT’s
Language – English


We offer two packages
• COURSE ONLY – Includes lunch and refreshments.
• ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE (to be purchased in addition to the course only option) – Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner refreshments and accommodation. Accommodation is single or double occupancy, single sex en-suite rooms. Arrival Sunday 6th May and departure Friday 11th May PM.

To book ‘COURSE ONLY’ with the option to add the additional ‘ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE’ pleases scroll to the bottom of this page.

Other payment options are available please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.com

Cancellation policy: Cancellations are accepted up to 28 days before the course start date subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations later than this may be considered, contact oliverhooker@prstatistics.com Failure to attend will result in the full cost of the course being charged. In the unfortunate event that PR~statistics must cancel this course due to unforeseen circumstances a full refund for the course will be credited. However PR~statistics cannot be held responsible for any travel fees, accommodation or other expenses incurred to you as a result of the cancellation.


Prof. Pierre Legendre


Dr. Guillaume Blanchet

Teaching Format
Course Programme


7th May 2018
11th May 2018
£300 - £600.00


Orford Musique
3165 Chemin du Parc
Orford, Quebec J1X 7A2 Canada
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