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It is empowering to know how to analyze your own data
Don Ludwig (2009), former S+ instructor

Biology 501 is a graduate course on quantitative methods for data analysis in ecology and evolution. The format is a mixture of lectures/discussions on methodological topics and practical workshops using the R package.

Course 2024 (January term)

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Students are assumed to have taken an introductory undergraduate statistics course at some point in their careers.

We will begin at a basic level using a general linear model approach.


Dolph Schluter (email) (website) office: BRC 218

Office hours: Tuesdays 3-4:30 pm or by appointment

Teaching Assistant

Lucia Combrink (email)

Office hours: Thursdays 10 - 11 am in BRC 104

Times and location

Lectures and discussions: Tuesdays 1-3 pm in BRC 224

Workshops: Thursdays 1-3 pm in BRC 224


The breakdown of marks for this course is as follows:

  • Assignments (50%)
  • Presenting a talk on a topic/paper (20%)
  • Moderating a discussion on a topic/paper (20%)
  • Overall participation in discussion (10%)

Lectures from previous years

Lecture overheads and videos from previous years are on the lectures page.


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