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Functional ecology from organism to ecosystem: theory and computation (FEER01)

26th November 2018 - 30th November 2018

£275.00 - £510.00

Course Overview:

The course will describe different aspects and methods in the field of functional ecology, combining theoretical lessons with hands-on real data. Lectures will provide the theoretical and mathematical basis for different applications of functional traits at organismal, community and ecosystem levels, with examples across different trophic levels. This will serve as a basis for exploring the practical tools to connect the effect of land-use and climate change on biodiversity to the effect of biodiversity on to multiple ecosystem functions and ecological services. An overview of existing computational methods, including recent developments authored by the lecturers, will be provided during the course and the students will learn how to apply them using functions and scripts run in R. Students are welcome to apply these tools to their own data, or use the data provided, to be analysed during the course while benefiting from advise by the lecturers. As such, compared to other courses given by the lectures, this is a slightly a more advanced and data oriented course which concentrates on detailed and practical aspects in functional traits related applications, especially computational ones. The aim of the course is to provide participants with a handy synthesis of existing concepts, tools and trends in functional ecology and guide them to apply these tools to their own field of interest. As the field of functional ecology is rapidly expanding, participants will be ready to exploit the potential of the main trait approaches.

Intended Audience

Research postgraduates, practicing academics and primary investigators in population and community ecology working on a variety or organism type (plants, invertebrates, vertebrates) interested in evaluating changes in functional traits with environmental changes and the consequences for ecosystem functioning. The skills learnt can also be applied by management and environmental professionals in government and industry.

Venue – PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street, Glasgow, G5 8LB – Google map
Availability – 30 places
Duration – 5 days
Contact hours – Approx. 35 hours
ECT’s – Equal to 3 ECT’s
Language – English


• COURSE ONLY – Includes lunch and refreshments.
• ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE (to be purchased in addition to the course only option) – Includes breakfast, lunch, welcome dinner Monday evening, farewell dinner Thursday evening, refreshments and accommodation. Self catering facilities are available in the accommodation. Accommodation is approx. a 6 minute walk form the PR statistics head office. Accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3-4 people) single sex en-suite rooms.
Arrival Sunday 25th November (after 5pm) and departure Friday 30th November (accommodation must be vacated by 9am). An additional nights accommodation can be purchased, departure 9am Friday morning email for details.

To book ‘COURSE ONLY’ with the option to add the additional ‘ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE’ please 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 PRstatistics must cancel this course due to unforeseen circumstances a full refund for the course will be credited. However PRstatistics cannot be held responsible for any travel fees, accommodation or other expenses incurred to you as a result of the cancellation.


Dr. Francesco de Bello


Dr. Lars Götzenberger


Dr. Carlos Carmona

Teaching Format
Course Programme


26th November 2018
30th November 2018
£275.00 - £510.00


PR statistics head office
53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom
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