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Introduction to Mixed (Hierarchical) models for biologists using R (IMBR01)

14th May 2018 - 18th May 2018

£300.00 - £550.00

Course overview:

Mixed models, also known as hierarchical models and multilevel models, is a useful class of models for many applied sciences, including biology, ecology and evolution. The goal of this course is to give a thorough introduction to the logic, theory and most importantly implementation of these models to solve practical problems in ecology. Participants are not expected to know mathematics beyond the basic algebra and calculus. Participants are expected to know some R programming and to be familiar with the linear and generalized linear regression. We will be using JAGS (Just Another Gibbs Sampler) for Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulations for analyzing mixed models. The course will be conducted so that participants have substantial hands-on experience.

Intended Audience

Research postgraduates, practicing academics and primary investigators in ecology and evolutionary biology, 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 – 30 places
Duration – 5 days
Contact hours – Approx. 37 hours
ECT’s – Equal to 2 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, dinner, refreshments and accommodation. Accommodation is single or double occupancy, single sex en-suite rooms. Arrival Sunday 13th May and departure Friday 18th May PM.

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 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. Subhash Lele


Teaching Format
Course Programme


14th May 2018
18th May 2018
£300.00 - £550.00


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