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Multivariate analysis of ecological communities in R with the VEGAN package (VGNR02)

29 April 2019 - 3 May 2019

£275.00 - £540.00

Course Overview:

This 5-day course will cover the concepts, methods, and R tools that can be used to analyse community ecology data. The course will review data processing techniques relevant to multivariate data sets. We will cover diversity and null-model analysis, distance measures and distance based multivariate methods, clustering, classification, and dimension reduction techniques using the vegan R extension package. We will use real world data sets to motivate the analyses, e.g. describing patterns along environmental or anthropogenic disturbance gradients, quantifying the effects of continuous and discrete predictors, and making predictions based on multivariate model results. We will emphasize visualization and reproducible workflows. Modules will consist of introductory lectures, guided computer coding, and exercises for the participants. The course is intended for intermediate R users with interest in community ecology, especially in the fields of terrestrial and wetland ecology, microbial ecology, and natural resource management.

Intended Audience

Research postgraduates, practicing academics and primary investigators in spatial ecology and 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 – 15 places
Duration – 5 days
Contact hours – Approx. 37 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 and lunch, evening meals will be organised during the week and will take place in Magog, a town near to the venue.

Accommodation is single or double occupancy, single sex en-suite rooms, arrival Sunday 28th April and departure Friday 3rd March.

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.



Dr. Guillaume Blanchet

Teaching Format
Course Programme


29 April 2019
3 May 2019
£275.00 - £540.00


Orford Musique
3165 Chemin du Parc
Orford, Quebec J1X 7A2 Canada
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30 available
VGNR02 ‘COURSE ONLY’£540.00‘COURSE ONLY’ £540.00 (approx $950 CAD) (INC GST @10% )
30 available
30 available