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May 2016

Time series models for ecologists and climatologists (TSMC01)

10th May 2016 - 13th May 2016
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will cover model-based time series analysis with a particular focus on applications in ecology and climatology. 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 takes a foundational…

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August 2016

Advances in DNA taxonomy (DNTX01)

1st August 2016 - 5th August 2016
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course overview: Starting from a refresher on approaches to obtain molecular phylogenies, the course will take students all the way to cutting-edge tools in DNA taxonomy. Species are one of the fundamental units in biology, and their identification is a pivotal step in biodiversity analyses. The rationale of the course is to offer a complete overview of the currently available methods to delineate units of biodiversity starting from DNA sequence data. By the end of the short course, you should…

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Genetic data analysis and exploration using R (GDAR02)

16th August 2016 - 20th August 2016
Millport Field Station, Isle of Cumbrae,
Scotland, KA28 0EG, United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will provide an extensive overview and comprehensive introduction to exploratory methods and various statistical approaches for the analysis of genetic data using the software R and aim to equip participants with powerful resources for tackling increasingly common challenges in genetic data analysis. Intended Audience The course is aimed at PhD students, research postgraduates, and practicing academics as well as persons in industry working with genetic data in fields such as molecular ecology, evolutionary biology, and phylogenetics.…

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May 2017

Coding, data management, and Shiny applications using RStudio for evolutionary biologists and ecologists (CDSR01)

15th May 2017 - 19th May 2017
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course overview:  The course will introduce programming logic using the R syntax. The participants will be able to solve problems involving heterogeneous biological datasets and the combined use of different statistical packages, so the advantages of learning programming skills can be demonstrated. The RMarkdown syntax will be used to illustrate the advantages of literate programming and the possibilities of code sharing and archiving. In the sequence, participants will learn how to design relational databases (RDB) which can be used to…

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June 2017

Multivariate analysis of spatial ecological data using R (MASE01)

19th June 2017 - 23rd June 2017
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

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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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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January 2018
£260.00 - £460.00

Phylogenetic data analysis using R (PHYL02)

29th January 2018 - 2nd 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
£275.00 - £490.00

Reproducible data science for population genetics (RDPG01)

17th February 2018
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB 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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March 2018

Spatial Prioritization with Marxan (MRXN01)

5th March 2018 - 9th March 2018
PR informatics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB 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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April 2018
£275.00 - £540.00

Quantitative geographic ecology using R: modelling genomes, niches, and communities (QGER01)

30th April 2018 - 4th May 2018
PR statistics head offcice, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: Spatial modelling is increasingly being used in ecology and evolutionary biology for both basic and applied research questions. While emphasis traditionally has been on species-level niche modelling, the increasing availability of genomic and community-level data has increased interest in modelling biodiversity patterns above and below the species level. This 5-day course will provide a thorough introduction to different spatial modelling techniques for quantifying and visualizing patterns of biodiversity across scales of biological organization - from population-level genetic variation,…

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May 2018

Advances in Spatial Analysis of Multivariate Ecological Data: Theory and Practice (MVSP03)

7th May 2018 - 11th May 2018
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: The course will describe recent methods (concepts and R tools) that can be used to analyse spatial patterns in community ecology. The umbrella concept of the course is beta diversity, which is the spatial variation of communities. These methods are applicable to all types of communities (bacteria, plants, animals) sampled along transects, regular grids or irregularly distributed sites. The new methods, collectively referred to as spatial eigen-function analysis, are grounded into techniques commonly used by community ecologists, which…

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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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