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ONLINE COURSE – Meta-analysis in ecology, evolution and environmental sciences (METR02) This course will be delivered live

13 September 2021 - 17 September 2021


Course overview: 

This 5-day course will involve combination of lectures and practical sessions where students will practice conducting meta-analysis using the metafor package in R. In addition, students will conduct their own mini-meta-analyses by working in small groups on an assigned ecological topic with 8-10 primary research papers provided per topic. Students would need to decide on effect size metric to use and inclusion criteria, extract the data from the primary studies, design the extraction spreadsheet, conduct meta-analysis using the metafor package and present their results in the form of a PowerPoint Presentation.

After successfully completing this course students should be able to:

  • formulate questions for meta-analysis
  • formulate inclusion criteria for primary studies to be included in the analysis
  • design spreadsheets for data extraction
  • conduct literature search on the topic
  • extract data from published studies
  • conduct meta-analysis using metafor package in R
  • present the results of the meta-analysis


This is a ‘LIVE COURSE’ – the instructor will be delivering lectures and coaching attendees through the accompanying computer practical’s via video link, a good internet connection is essential.


Intended Audience

Any researchers (from postgraduate students to senior investigators) interested in synthesizing evidence from primary literature in areas of basic & applied ecology and evolutionary biology. The skills learnt can also be used for development of evidence-based policy and decision making in management and conservation.

Venue – Delivered remotely
Availability – 30 places
Duration – 5 days
Contact hours – Approx. 35 hours
ECT’s – Equal to 3 ECT’s
Language – English

PLEASE READ – 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.

Prof. Julia Koricheva
Prof. Elena Kulinskaya
Teaching Format
Course Programme


13 September 2021
17 September 2021
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Delivered remotely (United Kingdom)
Western European Time Zone, United Kingdom + Google Map


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£ 550.00