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May 2018

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

14th May 2018 - 18th May 2018
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

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…

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Introduction to remote sensing and GIS for ecological applications (IRMS01)

21st May 2018 - 25th May 2018
PR informatics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: The course will deal with different aspects related to the use of remote sensing and GIS in spatial ecology by using the Free and Open Source Software GRASS GIS coupled with R. By the end of this 5-day practical course, attendees will have the capacity to deal with ecological patterns and processes by using GIS and remote sensing algorithms. The increasing availability of open ecological and geographical data through networks such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF,…

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June 2018

Species distribution models using R (SDMR01)

12th June 2018 - 15th June 2018
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: The aim of this four-day course is to work towards an understanding of, and practical ability to fit, species distribution models (SDMs). It will be useful if you plan to use SDMs, or if you just want to understand them better. We will focus on statistical models of species distributions – those that combine observed species records with environmental data. Using a mixture of lectures, computer exercises and case studies, participants will learn to: identify relevant data, and prepare…

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Species distribution/occupancy modelling using PRESENCE and R (OCCU01)

25th June 2018 - 29th June 2018
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

This course is being provided through a collaboration of PR statistics and Proteus and will be delivered by Dr. Darryl MacKenzie Course Overview: The presence or absence of a species across a set of landscape units is a fundamental concept widely used in ecology (e.g., species range or distribution, epidemiology, habitat modeling, resource selection probability functions, as a monitoring metric, metapopulation studies, biodiversity and species co-occurrence). An important sampling issue, however, is that a species may not always be detected…

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October 2018
£275.00 - £500.00

Time series models for ecologists (TSME02)

1st October 2018 - 5th October 2018
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

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. The course is designed for attendees that have a basic knowledge of R and elementary statistics but not necessarily time series. Time Series data are ubiquitous in the physical sciences, and models for their behaviour enable scientists to understand temporal dynamics and predict future values. The course will cover a range…

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Introduction to Frequentist and Bayesian mixed (Hierarchical) models (IFBM01)

8th October 2018 - 12th October 2018
PS statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will cover introductory mixed or hierarchical modelling (fixed and random effects models) for real-world data sets from both a Frequentist and 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 mixed modelling. All methods are demonstrated with data sets which participants can run themselves. Participants will be taught how to fit hierarchical models using both the standard lme4…

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IN HOUSE Introduction to R for biologists (INHO04)

23rd October 2018 - 25th October 2018

Course overview:  This is a private 'in house' course being delivered on site. If you would be interested in organising an in house course at your institute or place of work please contact oliverhooker@prstatistics.com to see if we can cover your desired subject

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November 2018
£220.00 - £480.00

Phylogenetic comparative methods for studying diversification and phenotypic evolution (PCME01)

5th November 2018 - 8th November 2018
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: Phylogenetic comparative methods are commonly used nowadays to investigate how species diversification occurs and to test hypotheses about the mechanisms that drive phenotypic evolution, e.g. to model speciation and extinction, to understand why some groups are more diverse than others, to test whether phenotypic traits have evolved under neutral, directional or diversifying selection, to investigate how evolutionary rates are modified across the evolutionary history of a group etc. In all these cases, a phylogenetic hypothesis for the group…

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IN HOUSE Introduction to spatial analysis using R (INHO05)

12th November 2018 - 16th November 2018

Course overview:  This is a private 'in house' course being delivered on site. If you would be interested in organising an in house course at your institute or place of work please contact oliverhooker@prstatistics.com to see if we can cover your desired subject

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£275.00 - £510.00

Functional ecology from organism to ecosystem: theory and computation (FEER01)

26th November 2018 - 30th November 2018
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: The course will describe different aspects and methods in the field of functional ecology, combining theoretical lessons with hands-on real data. Lectures will provide the theoretical and mathematical basis for different applications of functional traits at organismal, community and ecosystem levels, with examples across different trophic levels. This will serve as a basis for exploring the practical tools to connect the effect of land-use and climate change on biodiversity to the effect of biodiversity on to multiple ecosystem…

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January 2019

Statistical modelling of time-to-event data using survival analysis: an introduction for animal behaviourists, ecologists and evolutionary biologists (TTED01)

21 January 2019 - 25 January 2019
PS statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: Survival analysis is a set of statistical methods initially designed to analyse data giving the times at which individuals die, and assess the effect that different predictor variables have on the rate of death. However, its applications are much broader than this: it can be used to analyse any time-to-event data. Ecologists and evolutionary biologists often encounter data of this kind. Often factors influencing survival itself will be of interest. But there are many other cases, e.g. what…

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£275.00 - £490.00

Advancing in statistical modelling for evolutionary biologists and ecologists using R (ADVR08)

21 January 2019 - 25 January 2019
PR 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 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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£275.00 - £510.00

Aquatic Acoustic Telemetry Data Analysis (ATDA01)

28 January 2019 - 1 February 2019
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: Acoustic telemetry has become increasingly popular as a method of choice for monitoring the movements and behaviour of aquatic animals globally.  Increasingly smaller tags along with improvements in battery technology have allowed for tagging a wide variety of species and life stages, enabling monitoring of individuals as small as salmon smolts and as large as whale sharks for periods from 30 days to 10 years.  Receiver technology also continues to evolve and increasingly allows for data to be…

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February 2019
£275.00 - £570.00

Movement ecology (MOVE02)

25 February 2019 - 1 March 2019
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 2019
£275.00 - £500

Landscape genetic data analysis using R (LNDG03)

25 March 2019 - 29 March 2019
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB 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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April 2019

Introduction to statistical modelling for psychologists in R (IPSY02)

1 April 2019 - 5 April 2019
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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£275.00 - £510

Individual based models using R (and netlogo) (IBMS01)

1 April 2019 - 5 April 2019
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: This workshop will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn how (1) to understand; (2) run simulations of readily available Individual Based Models (IBMs); (3) analyze the outputs of IBMs; (4) parameterize IBMs, and (5) code relatively basic IBMs in R and NetLogo. Examples and applications will include cases from diverse domains and scientific disciplines such as social sciences, biology, and environmental sciences. Intended Audience This workshop is ideal for any scientists seeking an introduction as well as…

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£275.00 - £490

Machine learning using R (MLUR01)

8 April 2019 - 12 April 2019
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: This workshop will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn how to use machine learning to analyze data coming from diverse data domains and scientific disciplines and without necessarily prior knowledge of the scientific discipline where the data are coming from. Attendees will learn how to use R and several R packages including classification and regression trees, ensembles and bagging, random forests, neural networks, and boosting (learning from mistakes). These techniques will be used for data classification, determining…

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£275.00 - £480.00

Introduction to GIS and spatial analysis with R (GISR01)

22 April 2019 - 26 April 2019
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course overview: This course aims at providing audience with the essential tools for working with spatially explicit data within the statistical environment R, with particular reference to ecological applications (e.g. species distribution models, resources and habitat selection, home range analyses...). Practical sessions will primarily use the free statistical software, R – prior experience (even if some practice before you come) will be useful. Example data will be provided but participants may also bring their own data. Intended Audience This workshop…

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June 2019
£275.00 - £500.00

Stable Isotope Mixing Models using SIBER, SIAR, MixSIAR (SIMM05)

10 June 2019 - 14 June 2019
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB 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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Introduction to Python for biologists (IPYB06)

10 June 2019 - 14 June 2019
PR informatics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB 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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Advanced Python for biologists (APYB03)

17 June 2019 - 21 June 2019
PR informatics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB 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. This workshop is aimed at people who already have a basic knowledge of Python and are interested in using the language to tackle larger problems. In it, we will look in detail at the parts of the language which are particularly useful in scientific programming, and at the tools Python offers for…

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Microbiome Data Analysis Using QIIME2 (MBQM01)

24 June 2019 - 28 June 2019
PR informatics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will provide a theoretical, analytical and practical introduction to QIIME 2 (canonically pronounced ‘chime two’), which stands for Quantitative Insights into Microbial Ecology 2, and Qiita (canonically pronounced ‘cheetah’), a multiomics and multi-study online tool. QIIME 2 and Qiita are open source software packages for comparison and analysis of microbial communities, primarily based on high-throughput amplicon sequencing data (such as SSU rRNA) generated on a variety of platforms, but also supporting analysis of other types of…

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July 2019
£275.00 - £480.00

Bioacoustics for ecologists: Hardware, Survey design and Data analysis (BIAC01)

1 July 2019 - 5 July 2019
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will introduce and explain the different applications for bioacoustics to answer ecological questions. Starting with a detailed overview of the correct and most efficient methods of data collecting in the field, this course will then go on to show delegates cutting edge methods for analysing and interpreting different types of bioacoustic data. By the end of this 5-day practical course, attendees will have the capacity to set up and deploy recording devices, download acoustic data, how…

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Introduction to Bayesian hierarchical modelling using R (IBHM03)

8 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
PS statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB 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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