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Advanced Courses in Life Sciences

2nd Edition

Introduction to Ecological Data Analysis

October 3rd-7th, 2016, Barcelona (Spain)

Introduction to Ecological Data Analysis

In this course we will cover the most important subjects in univariate and multivariate statistics from a very practical perspective, with real data sets and realistic problem solving. We will give a practical introduction to multivariate community analysis, spatial and time series analysis as applied to ecological, environmental and geological data.

At the course participants will learn to address questions such as geographical distribution of communities, interactions between communities and their physical environment, ecological change through time in response to sudden or gradual environmental change (pollution, climate), and patterns of diversity.

We will use the free and friendly Past software (written by the lecturer), but the methods are equally relevant for users of other programs. We will discuss not only the practicalities of statistics, but also the limitations of statistical testing, demonstrated by example.

LOCATION

Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica

C/ Mestre J. Lladós, 1
08781 Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona.

How to get there

LANGUAGE

English

COURSE LENGHT & ECTS

36 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.

PLACES

Places are limited to 18 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Instructor

Øyvind Hammer instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Øyvind Hammer
University of Oslo
Norway

Coordinators

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science
Spain

Judit Marigó coordinator at Transmitting Science

Dr. Judit Marigó
Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle / Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont
France / Spain

Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano coordinator at Transmitting Science

Dr. Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano
Transmitting Science
Spain

Requirements

Basic knowledge of statistics. All participants must bring their own personal laptop.

Program

Monday, October 3rd, 2016.

  • Introduction to statistics: Samples and populations, descriptive statistics, mean and variance. Distributions. Purpose and limitations of statistical testing.
  • Testing for difference: Two-sample tests, multiple-sample tests.
    • Practice with software.


Tuesday, October 4th, 2016.

  • Counted data: Contingency tables.
  • Are things connected? Correlation, regression and curve fitting.
    • Practice with software.
  • Several variables: Multivariate tests (MANOVA). Discovering structure (PCA).
    • Practice with software.


Wednesday, October 5th, 2016.

  • Comparing communities: Distance measures.
  • Looking for groups: Cluster analysis. UPGMA, Neighbour Joining.
    • Practice with software.
  • Plotting community data: Ordination. Principal Coordinates Analysis, NMDS, Correspondence Analysis, CCA.
    • Practice with software.

Thursday, October 6th, 2016.

  • Testing community data: ANOSIM, PerMANOVA, Mantel test.
    • Practice with software.
  • Diversity measures and testing, rarefaction.
    • Practice with software.


Friday, October 7th, 2016.

  • The study of geographical distributions (spatial data): Spatial autocorrelation, semivariograms, gridding, point pattern analysis, directional analysis.
    • Practice with software.
  • Change through time (time series): Trend, autocorrelation, spectral analysis, wavelets, filtering.
    • Practice with software.

Previous editions of this course

 

1st Edition, November 18th-22nd, 2013

Course Introduction to Ecological Data Analysis - 1st Edition, November 18th-22nd, 2013Ten people belonging to the following countries and institutions participated in this edition:

  • Spain: Institut Català de Paleontología, Institute of Marine Sciences.
  • United Kingdom: University of Nottingham.
  • Ireland: National University of Ireland.
  • Germany: Helmholtz Zentrum München.
  • Turkey: Suleyman Demirel University.
  • The Netherlands: Leiden University.
  • Italy: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto di Scienze Marine.

Fees

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2016)
  • 490
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2016)
  • 685
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches.
  • Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2016)
  • 300
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2016)
  • 300
  • This includes local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, dinners and social (tourist) activities.
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2016)
  • 790
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2016)
  • 985
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches.

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinators). Discounts (see Funding below) are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Accommodation

If you take the Accommodation Package you will be hosted in the Youth Hostel Can Roviralta, in shared dormitories (common bathrooms), although you will only share rooms with other classmates. The possibility exists that the dormitories will be mixed. Therefore, if this is an inconvenience for you, and you require staying in a dormitory with only women, or only men, please indicate so in the “Comments” field of the Registration form (see below).

A supplemental charge will be added if you prefer to stay in a single room with private bathroom. The number of rooms is limited and if you prefer to have a single room, let us know it as soon as possible. If you want more information on this please contact the course coordinators.

Please be aware that from the centre of Barcelona city it takes about one hour by car and one hour and a half by public transport to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola. Course participants will find that staying in Els Hostalets de Pierola is more convenient.

If you do not want the Accommodation Package, accommodation is available in places other than Els Hostalets de Pierola. You may stay in Barcelona city, Martorell or Igualada. You will find information about Hotels in Martorell here, and information about Hotels in Igualada here.

How to get to Els Hostalets de Pierola from Barcelona city, Martorell and Igualada.

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona, Spain)

Funding

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

Unfortunately there are no scholarships available for this course. However a 20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Organizations with discount). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Spanish unemployed scientists, as well as Spanish PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinators. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.

Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Schedule

Course ScheduleCourse + Accommodation Package Schedule
Sunday, October 2nd, 201619:00 Meeting point in Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona) to take the bus to Els Hostalets de Pierola. If you are planning to arrive later, you can find more information in How to get there.
20:00 Registration in the Youth Hostel.
20:30 Dinner.
Monday, October 3rd through Thursday, October 6th, 20169:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 19:00 Lessons.

There will be two coffee breaks each day, halfway through each lesson session.

8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 19:00 Lessons.
20:30 Dinner.

There will be two coffee breaks each day, halfway through each lesson session.

Friday, October 7th, 20169:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.

There will be a coffee break during the morning lesson session.

8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:15 Meeting point in the Youth Hostel to take the bus to visit a wine cellar.
16:00 Arrival at the wine cellar.
17:30 Bus to Barcelona city.
19:00 Arrival at Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona).

There will be a coffee break during the morning lesson session.

The schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.

Organizers

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Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica (CRIP) Logo
Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) Logo

Collaborators

Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Castilla y León Logo
Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Euskadi Logo
Colexio Oficial de Biólogos de Galicia Logo
Col·legi Oficial de Biòlegs de la Comunitat Valenciana Logo
European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP) Logo
Sociedade Brasileira de Paleontologia (SBP) Logo

Registration

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