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Structural Equation Modelling for Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (SEMR03) POSTPONED

18 May 2020 - 22 May 2020

£275.00 – £580.00

Course Overview:

The course is a primer on structural equation modelling (SEM) and confirmatory path analysis, with an emphasis on practical skills and applications to real-world data.

Structural equation modelling is a rapidly growing technique in ecology and evolution that unites multiple hypotheses in a single causal network. It provides an intuitive graphical representation of relationships among variables, underpinned by well-described mathematical estimation procedures. Several advances in SEM over the past few years have expanded its utility for typical ecological datasets, which include count data, missing observations, and nested or hierarchical designs.

We will cover the basic philosophy behind SEM, provide approachable mathematical explanations of the techniques, and cover recent extensions to mixed effects models and non-normal distributions. Along the way, we will work through many examples from the primary literature using the open-source statistical software R (www.r-project.org). We will draw on two popular R packages for conducting SEM, including lavaan and piecewiseSEM.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own data, as there will be opportunities throughout the course to plan, analyze, and receive feedback on structural equation models.

Intended Audience

This course is orientated to PhD and MSc students, as well as persons in research or industry working on ecological data.

Venue – PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street, Glasgow, G5 8LB Google Map

Availability – 20 places

Duration – 5 days

Contact hours – Approx. 35 hours

ECT’s – Equal to 3 ECT’s

Language – English


• COURSE WITH FREE ACCOMMODATION – includes everything listed below (only eligible for persons in academia)
• COURSE ONLY – Includes lunch and refreshments.
• ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE (to be purchased in addition to the course only option) – Includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and welcome dinner Monday evening. Self-catering facilities are available in the accommodation. Accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3- 4 people) single sex en-suite rooms. Arrival Sunday 18th November (after 5pm) and departure Friday 23rd November (accommodation must be vacated by 9am). 

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. Jonathan Lefcheck


Dr. Jim Grace



Teaching Format
Course Programme


18 May 2020
22 May 2020
£275.00 – £580.00


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