University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Carrboro, North Carolina, United States
Session Description: The session will introduce Black Ecologists to quantitative ecological methods and reproducible methods in R. Mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, and data analysis are essential skills for applying ecological concepts to data. Topics include both population dynamics and statistical methods, specifically: density-independent/dependent growth, consumer-resource interactions, spatial dynamics, infectious diseases, linear models, mixed-effect models, and multivariate statistics. Participants will learn to develop ecological population models, analyze data, and document their research using the R programming language. No prerequisite programming experience is required. The short course is co-organized by the Black Ecology Section. One goal is to provide opportunities for students and early-career Black Ecologists from diverse backgrounds to gain important quantitative skills that will accelerate their professional development. The Black Ecology Section will cover the costs of the short course for 5 to 10 student and early career participants.