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Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom
01360 870271

SCENE, the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment, is the field station of the University of Glasgow.

As part of the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, SCENE is dedicated to excellence in field research and teaching.

Situated amidst the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the pioneering teaching and research facility has since 1946 been committed to understanding the mechanisms that govern the natural world and the impact of humans upon these. As of spring of 2014 this new state-of-the-art £7m facility, with a new name, the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE), was completed on this unique site in the National Park. With sustainable construction and energy efficiency as priorities, it is one of the ‘greenest’ buildings in Scotland.

SCENE’s facilities have been completely replaced and greatly expanded, thanks to major donor engagement and EU investment through the INTERREG IV programme (“IBIS”-project). With sustainable construction and energy efficiency as priorities, these facilities are among the ‘greenest’ buildings in Scotland.

For every paper copy of a workshop/course booklet requested by a participant for a course held at SCENE Field Station, £5.00 is donated by PR~statistics to the Loch Lomond andTrossachs National Park to compensate/offset the carbon footprint of printing a paper version – this is done for all venues situated in National Parks that host our courses.

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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
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, 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
£260.00 - £480.00

Network analysis for ecologists using R (NTWA02)

9 April 2018 - 13 April 2018
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, 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
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 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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£260.00 - £540.00

Multivariate analysis of ecological communities in R with the VEGAN package (VGNR01)

23 April 2018 - 27 April 2018
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 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,…

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£260.00 - £540.00

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

30 April 2018 - 4 May 2018
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, 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

Introduction to Python for biologists (IPYB05)

21 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, 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 (APYB02)

28 May 2018 - 1 June 2018
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, 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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July 2018

Social Network Analysis for Behavioural Scientists using R (SNAR01)

2 July 2018 - 6 July 2018
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: This workshop will provide students with the opportunity to learn how to use social network analysis to analyze social relational datasets such as human friendship networks or animal social networks. Attendees will learn how to use R and several R packages including igraph, sna, network, asnipe, timeordered, tsna to create network graphs, calculate descriptive network metrics, use randomization and random models to evaluate the significance of these metrics, determine graph structural properties including community structures, use QAP and…

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£260.00 - £530.00

Model base multivariate analysis of abundance data using R (MBMV02)

8 July 2018 - 12 July 2018
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, 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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Precision Medicine Bioinformatics: From raw genome and transcriptome data to clinical interpretation (PMBI01)

16 July 2018 - 20 July 2018
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: Precision medicine refers to the use of prevention and treatment strategies that are tailored to the unique features of each individual and their disease. Analysis of high throughput genome and transcriptome data is major component of new large-scale precision medicine efforts. This analysis involves the identification of specific genome or transcriptome features that predispose an individual to disease, predict response to specific therapy, or influence diagnosis and prognosis. During this course (PMBI01), students will perform an end-to-end precision…

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