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January 2017
£540 - £650

Model base multivariate analysis of abundance data using R (MBMV01)

16th January 2017 - 20th January 2017
Juniper Hall, Juniper Hall,
Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6DA United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will provide an introduction to modern multivariate techniques, with a special focus on the analysis of abundance or presence/absence data. Multivariate analysis in ecology has been changing rapidly in recent years, with a focus now on formulating a statistical model to capture key properties of the observed data, rather than transformation of data using a dissimilarity-based framework. In recent years, model-based techniques have been developed for hypothesis testing, identifying indicator species, ordination, clustering, predictive modelling, and…

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February 2017
£480 - £580

Stable isotope mixing models using SIAR, SIBER and MixSIAR (SIMM03)

28th February 2017 - 3rd March 2017
Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland, KA28 0EG United Kingdom

Course overview: This course will cover the concepts, technical background and use of stable isotope mixing models (SIMMs) with a particular focus on running them in R. This course will cover the concepts, technical background and use of stable isotope mixing models (SIMMs) with a particular focus on running them in R. Recently SIMMs have become a very popular tool for quantifying food webs and thus the diet of predators and prey in an ecosystem. Starting with only basic understanding…

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March 2017
£430 - £520

Network analysis for ecologists using R (NTWA01)

6th March 2017 - 10th March 2017
Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland, KA28 0EG United Kingdom

Course overview: The first graphical representation of a food web dates back to 1880, with the pioneering works of Lorenzo Camerano. Since then, research on ecological networks has further developed and ecology is one of the fields that contributed the most to the growth of network science. Nowadays, ecologists routinely apply network analysis with a diverse set of objectives that range from studying the stability of ecological communities to quantifying energy flows in ecosystems. The course is intended to provide…

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April 2017
£500.00 - £840.00

Advancing in statistical modelling for evolutionary biologists and ecologists using R (ADVR06)

24th April 2017 - 28th April 2017
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will provide an introduction to working with real-life data typical of those encountered in the field of evolutionary biology and ecology. The course will be delivered by Dr. Luc Bussiere and Dr. Ane Timenes Laugen who are both practicing academics in the field of evolutionary biology.  This five day course will consist of series of modules (each lasting roughly half a day) covering model selection and simplification, generalised linear models, mixed effects models,  and non-linear models. Along the way you…

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June 2017
£650.00 - £780.00

Multivariate analysis of spatial ecological data using R (MASE01)

19th June 2017 - 23rd June 2017
Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre, St. John’s, 80 E White Hills Rd
St. John's, NL A1A 5J7 Canada

Course Overview: This 5-day course will cover the concepts, methods, and R tools that can be used to analyse spatial data in ecology. The start of the course will cover the basics of linear models and spatial data processing in R and provide a common ground for more advanced techniques encountered later on the course. We will cover spatial statistical techniques for both continuous and discrete data response types. We will put special emphasis on understanding mechanisms using visual tools, and…

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£575.00 - £690.00

Time series models for ecologists (TSME01)

26th June 2017 - 30th June 2017
Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre, St. John’s, 80 E White Hills Rd
St. John's, NL A1A 5J7 Canada

Course Overview: This course will cover time series analysis with a particular focus on applications in ecology. All methods will be illustrated using the free, open-source software package R. Time Series data are ubiquitous in the physical sciences, and models for their behaviour enable scientists to understand temporal dynamics and predict future values. Participants will be taught a wide range of suitable time series models for both discrete and continuous time systems. The course will cover a range of techniques…

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July 2017
£260.00 - £650.00

Meta-analysis in ecology, evolution and environmental sciences (METR01)

24th July 2017 - 28th July 2017
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

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…

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August 2017
£300.00 - £600.00

Spatial analysis of ecological data using R (SPAE05)

7th August 2017 - 12th August 2017
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: The course will cover the concepts and R tools that can be used to analyse spatial data in ecology covering elementary and advanced spatial analysis techniques applicable to both plants and animals. We will investigate analyses appropriate to transect (e.g. line surveys, trapping arrays), grid (e.g. occupancy surveys) and point data (e.g. telemetry). The focal questions will be on deriving species distributions, determining their environmental drivers and quantifying different types of associated uncertainty. Novel methodology for generating predictions…

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October 2017
£260.00 - £510.00

Ecological niche modelling using R (ENMR01)

16th October 2017 - 20th October 2017
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

This course is being repeated March 12th - 16th at SCENE field station Course Overview: The course will cover the base theory of ecological niche modelling and its main methodologies. By the end of this 5-day practical course, attendees will have the capacity to perform ecological niche models and understand their results, as well as to choose and apply the correct methodology depending on the aim of their type of study and data. Ecological niche, species distribution, habitat distribution, or…

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Introduction to bioinformatics using Linux (IBUL02)

16th October 2017 - 20th October 2017
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: Most high-throughput bioinformatics work these days takes place on the Linux command line. The programs which do the majority of the computational heavy lifting — genome assemblers, read mappers, and annotation tools — are designed to work best when used with a command-line interface. Because the command line can be an intimidating environment, many biologists learn the bare minimum needed to get their analysis tools working. This means that they miss out on the power of Linux to…

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£260.00 - £580.00

Reproducible data science for population genetics (RDPG01)

23rd October 2017 - 27th October 2017
Margam Discovery Centre, Magram Park
Port Talbot , SA13 2UA United Kingdom

Course Overview: With the increasing availability of various types of genetic and genomic data, population genetics and molecular ecology are becoming largely data driven sciences. Understanding the evolutionary, demographic, and ecological underpinning the genetic makeup of natural populations now relies on a combination of exploratory approaches and models. This course will provide an in-depth introduction to these techniques, with a strong emphasis on reproducibility though the use of modern analytic practices and tools. After an introduction to phylogenetic reconstruction, the…

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£260.00 - £670.00

Structural Equation Modelling for Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (SEMR01)

23rd October 2017 - 27th October 2017
Margam Discovery Centre, Magram Park
Port Talbot , SA13 2UA United Kingdom

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…

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November 2017
£260.00 - £590.00

Landscape genetic data analysis using R (LNDG02)

6th November 2017 - 10th November 2017
Margam Discovery Centre, Magram Park
Port Talbot , SA13 2UA United Kingdom

Course Overview: The term ‘landscape genetics’ has been applied studies that integrate ecological context and intervening landscape into population genetic analyses of contemporary processes such as gene flow and migration.  This course will cover the basics of both quantitative landscape ecology and population genetics, focusing on how we develop and evaluate spatial/genetic analyses using the R platform. Intended Audience This course is suitable for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and primary investigators interested in learning how to integrate landscape ecological and…

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£300.00 - £600.00

Applied Bayesian modelling for ecologists and epidemiologists (ABME03)

20th November 2017 - 25th November 2017
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: This application-driven course will provide a founding in the basic theory & practice of Bayesian statistics, with a focus on MCMC modeling for ecological & epidemiological problems. Starting from a refresher on probability & likelihood, the course will take students all the way to cutting-edge applications such as state-space population modelling & spatial point-process modelling. By the end of the week, you should have a basic understanding of how common MCMC samplers work and how to program them,…

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Introduction to Python for biologists (IPYB04)

27th November 2017 - 1st December 2017
Margam Discovery Centre, Magram Park
Port Talbot , SA13 2UA United Kingdom

Course Overview: Python is a dynamic, readable language that is a popular platform for all types of bioinformatics work, from simple one-off scripts to large, complex software projects. It gives an overview of the language with an emphasis on practical problem-solving, using examples and exercises drawn from various aspects of bioinformatics work. After completing the workshop, students should be in a position to (1) apply the skills they have learned to tackle problems in their own research and (2) continue…

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December 2017
£260.00 - £550.00

Advancing in statistical modelling for evolutionary biologists and ecologists using R (ADVR07)

4th December 2017 - 8th December 2017
Margam Discovery Centre, Magram Park
Port Talbot , SA13 2UA United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will provide an introduction to working with real-life data typical of those encountered in the field of evolutionary biology and ecology. The course will be delivered by Dr. Luc Bussiere, Dr. Tom Houslay and Dr. Ane Timenes Laugen who are all practicing academics in the field of evolutionary biology.  This five day course will consist of series of modules (each lasting roughly half a day) covering model selection and simplification, generalised linear models, mixed effects models,  and non-linear models. Along…

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January 2018
£260 - £620

Introduction to Bayesian hierarchical modelling using R (IBHM02)

29 January 2018 - 2 February 2018
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will cover introductory hierarchical modelling for real-world data sets from a Bayesian perspective. These methods lie at the forefront of statistics research and are a vital tool in the scientist’s toolbox. The course focuses on introducing concepts and demonstrating good practice in hierarchical models. All methods are demonstrated with data sets which participants can run themselves. Participants will be taught how to fit hierarchical models using the Bayesian modelling software Jags and Stan through the R…

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£260.00 - £460.00

Phylogenetic data analysis using R (PHYL02)

29 January 2018 - 2 February 2018
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: The main objectives of the course are to teach the theoretical bases of phylogenetic analysis, and to give the ability to initiate a phylogenetic analysis starting from the files of molecular sequences until the interpretation of the results and the graphics. The introduction will cover a brief historical background and an overview of the different methods of phylogenetic inference. Different kinds of data will be considered, but with a special emphasis on DNA sequences. The software used will…

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February 2018
£260.00 - £450.00

Geometric morphometrics using R (GMMR01)

19 February 2018 - 23 February 2018
Margam Discovery Centre, Magram Park
Port Talbot , SA13 2UA United Kingdom

Course overview: The field of geometric morphometrics (GM) is concerned with the quantification and analysis of patterns of shape variation, and its covariation with other variables. Over the past several decades these approaches have become a mainstay in the field of ecology, evolutionary biology, and anthropology, and a panoply of analytical tools for addressing specific biological hypotheses concerning shape have been developed. The goal of this is to provide participants with a working knowledge of the theory of geometric morphometrics,…

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£260.00 - £620.00

Movement ecology (MOVE01)

19 February 2018 - 23 February 2018
Margam Discovery Centre, Magram Park
Port Talbot , SA13 2UA United Kingdom

Course Overview: The course will cover the concepts, technology and software tools that can be used to analyse movement data (from ringing/CMR to VHF/GPS to novel biologging data) in ecology and evolution, covering analysis techniques applicable broadly to most taxa, from micro-organisms to plants and animals. We will cover elementary and advanced analysis and modelling techniques broadly applicable across taxa, highlighting the advantages of a unified Movement Ecology framework. We will provide the necessary bases in ecology (especially behavioural ecology),…

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March 2018

Spatial Prioritization with Marxan (MRXN01)

5 March 2018 - 9 March 2018
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: Marxan (Ian Ball and Hugh Possingham, 2000) is a software program used to support the design of marine and terrestrial reserves.  Marxan is now used by over 6000 people in 150 countries, making it the most the most widely used conservation planning tool in the world. In simple terms, Marxan analyzes scientific and geographic data to help users allocate space in ways that maximize values such as biodiversity, land value, cultural significance, and economic productivity whilst minimizing cost.…

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£260.00 - £460.00

Ecological niche modelling using R (ENMR02)

12 March 2018 - 16 March 2018
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: The course will cover the base theory of ecological niche modelling and its main methodologies. By the end of this 5-day practical course, attendees will have the capacity to perform ecological niche models and understand their results, as well as to choose and apply the correct methodology depending on the aim of their type of study and data. Ecological niche, species distribution, habitat distribution, or climatic envelope models are different names for similar mechanistic or correlative models, empirical…

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Behavioural data analysis using maximum likelihood in R (BDML01)

19 March 2018 - 23 March 2018
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: This 5-day course will involve a combination of lectures and practical sessions. Students will learn to build and fit custom models for analysing behavioural data using maximum likelihood techniques in R. This flexible approach allows a researcher to a) use a statistical model that directly represents their hypothesis, in cases where standard models are not appropriate and b) better understand how standard statistical models (e.g. GLMs) are fitted, many of which are fitted by maximum likelihood. Students will…

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April 2018
£275.00 - £480.00

Network analysis for ecologists using R (NTWA02)

9 April 2018 - 13 April 2018
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course overview: The first graphical representation of a food web dates back to 1880, with the pioneering works of Lorenzo Camerano. Since then, research on ecological networks has further developed and ecology is one of the fields that contributed the most to the growth of network science. Nowadays, ecologists routinely apply network analysis with a diverse set of objectives that range from studying the stability of ecological communities to quantifying energy flows in ecosystems. The course is intended to provide…

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Introduction to statistical modelling for psychologists in R (IPSY01)

16 April 2018 - 20 April 2018
PS statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will provide an introduction to working with real-life data typical of those encountered in the field of psychology. The course will be delivered by Dr. Dale Barr and Dr. Luc Bussière, who are practicing academics in the fields of psychology and evolutionary biology respectively, with many years of expertise with R and statistical modelling as both scientists and instructors.  This five-day course will consist of series of modules (each lasting roughly half a day) covering topics including the…

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