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Statistical analysis in population ecology

Semester 3

This course aims to provide the theoretical and applied basis for statistical analyses of population dynamics.  By providing an inferential background in likelihood and an introduction to Bayesian inference students will be equipped to analyze the oftentimes complicated experimental and observational data that arise in population ecology.  It will develop students’ understanding of population ecology and accompanying statistical methodology and provide for student independence through a thorough understanding of the open-source R statistical environment. Finally it will equip students to run Bayesian analyses through an introduction to applied Bayesian inference via WinBUGS.