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Jonathan Bakker
CFR 502
Seattle Campus

Analytical Techniques for Community Ecology

Analysis of ecological data, focusing on community-level data. Topics include distance measures, group comparison methods (Mantel test, permutational MANOVA), ordinations (PCA, DCA, NMS), methods of identifying groups (cluster analysis, classification trees), as well as Indicator Species Analysis, diversity measures, and related topics. Prerequisite: Q SCI 482, which may be taken concurrently. Offered: W.

Class description

This course focuses on current analytical techniques. Students will move beyond conventional statistics to specialized techniques that are applicable to ecological data, especially at the community level. Topics will include matrix algebra, distance measures, permutational MANOVA, indicator species analysis, and ordinations (DCA, CCA, NMS).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This course will involve a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and computer exercises. We will use R software throughout the course. Students should bring a thumb drive with at least 512 MB of free space to class to hold software and data files. Forestry and Biology students are welcome, along with students from other disciplines. Fisheries students are welcome but may prefer FISH 560.

Recommended preparation

A background in conventional statistics will serve as a springboard into these techniques. Therefore, QSCI 482 is a pre- or co-requisite.

Class assignments and grading

Most assignments will be computer-based. I will provide datasets for students to work on if they choose, though I strongly encourage students to analyze their own data where possible and appropriate.

Grading will be based on assignments and a detailed project. See course webpage for more details.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Jonathan Bakker
Date: 11/19/2008