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

This course will run from the 23rd- 27th April 2018 in Glasgow City Centre and is being delivered by Dr Peter Solymos and Dr Guillaume Blanchet who both author the VEGAN package

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, quantifying the effects of continuous and discrete predictors, and making predictions based on multivariate model results. We will emphasize visualization and reproducible workflows. Modules will consist of introductory lectures, guided computer coding, and exercises for the participants. The course is intended for intermediate R users with interest in community ecology, especially in the fields of terrestrial and wetland ecology, microbial ecology, and natural resource management.

Monday 23rd – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00 Module 1: Introduction to community data analysis, basics of programming in R Module 2: Data processing (long and wide data representations, single and multiple table operations, data aggregation and transformation)

Tuesday 24th – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00 Module 3: Diversity analysis, species-abundance distributions, null-model analysis Module 4: Distance measures and distance based methods (Mantel test, distance decay, etc.)

Wednesday 25th – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00 Module 5: Hierarchical and nonhierarchical clustering and classification Module 6: Dispersion and permutational MANOVA

Thursday 26th – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00 Module 7: Response curves, ordination (correspondence analysis, nonmetric scaling, constrained ordination). Module 8: Fitting environmental variables to ordination, permutation based testing of the significance of constraints.

Friday 27th – Classes from 09:00 to 16:30 Module 9: Indicator species analysis and multivariate calibration. Modules 10: special topics and discussion, analyzing participants’ own data.

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Other up coming courses below

  1. March 19th – 23rd 2018 BEHAVIOURAL DATA ANALYSIS USING MAXIMUM LIKLIHOOD IN R (BDML01) Glasgow, Scotland, Dr William Hoppitt

  2. April 9th – 13th 2018 NETWORK ANAYLSIS FOR ECOLOGISTS USING R (NTWA02 Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Marco Scotti

  3. April 16th – 20th 2018 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL MODELLING FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS USING R (IPSY01) Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Dale Barr, Dr Luc Bussierre

  4. April 23rd – 27th 2018 MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL COMMUNITIES USING THE VEGAN PACKAGE (VGNR01) Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Peter Solymos, Dr. Guillaume Blanchet

  5. April 30th – 4th May 2018 QUANTITATIVE GEOGRAPHIC ECOLOGY: MODELING GENOMES, NICHES, AND COMMUNITIES (QGER01) Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Dan Warren, Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick

  6. May 7th – 11th 2018 ADVANCES IN MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL ECOLOGICAL DATA USING R (MVSP02) CANADA (QUEBEC), Prof. Pierre Legendre, Dr. Guillaume Blanchet


  8. May 21st - 25th 2018 INTRODUCTION TO PYTHON FOR BIOLOGISTS (IPYB05) SCENE, Scotland, Dr. Martin Jones

  9. May 21st - 25th 2018 INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENISNG AND GIS FOR ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS (IRMS01) Glasgow, Scotland, Prof. Duccio Rocchini, Dr. Luca Delucchi

  10. May 28th – 31st 2018 STABLE ISOTOPE MIXING MODELS USING SIAR, SIBER AND MIXSIAR (SIMM04) CANADA (QUEBEC) Dr. Andrew Parnell, Dr. Andrew Jackson

  11. May 28th – June 1st 2018 ADVANCED PYTHON FOR BIOLOGISTS (APYB02) SCENE, Scotland, Dr. Martin Jones

  12. June 12th - 15th 2018 SPECIES DISTRIBUTION MODELLING (DBMR01) Myuna Bay sport and recreation, Australia, Prof. Jane Elith, Dr. Gurutzeta Guillera

  13. June 18th – 22nd 2018 STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELLING FOR ECOLOGISTS AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGISTS USING R (SEMR02) Myuna Bay sport and recreation, Australia, Dr. Jon Lefcheck

  14. June 25th – 29th 2018 SPECIES DISTRIBUTION/OCCUPANCY MODELLING USING R (OCCU01) Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Darryl McKenzie

  15. July 2nd - 5th 2018 SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS FOR BEHAVIOURAL SCIENTISTS USING R (SNAR01) Glasgow, Scotland, Prof James Curley

  16. July 8th – 12th 2018 MODEL BASE MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS OF ABUNDANCE DATA USING R (MBMV02) Glasgow, Scotland, Prof David Warton


  18. July 23rd – 27th 2018 EUKARYOTIC METABARCODING (EUKB01) Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Owen Wangensteen

  19. October 8th – 12th 2018 INTRODUCTION TO SPATIAL ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL DATA USING R (ISAE01) Glasgow, Scotland, Prof. Subhash Lele

  20. October 15th – 19th 2018 APPLIED BAYESIAN MODELLING FOR ECOLOGISTS AND EPIDEMIOLOGISTS (ABME Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Matt Denwood, Emma Howard

  21. October 29th – November 2nd 2018 PHYLOGENETIC COMPARATIVE METHODS FOR STUDYING DIVERSIFICATION AND PHENOTYPIC EVOLUTION (PCME01) Glasgow, Scotland, Prof. Subhash Lele Dr. Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou

  22. November 26th – 30th 2018 FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY FROM ORGANISM TO ECOSYSTEM: THEORY AND COMPUTATION (FEER Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Francesco de Bello, Dr. Lars Götzenberger, Dr. Carlos Carmona

  23. February 2018 TBC MOVEMENT ECOLOGY (MOVE02) Margam Discovery Centre, Wales, Dr Luca Borger, Dr Ronny Wilson, Dr Jonathan Potts

-- Oliver Hooker PhD. PR statistics

2017 publications -

Ecosystem size predicts eco-morphological variability in post-glacial diversification. Ecology and Evolution. In press.

The physiological costs of prey switching reinforce foraging specialization. Journal of animal ecology.

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