[MARMAM] New Online Course - An Introduction to Making Graphs an Maps for Biologists using R - 22nd to 25th November 2021

cdmacleod at gisinecology.com cdmacleod at gisinecology.com
Mon Nov 1 04:09:51 PDT 2021

New Online Course - An Introduction to Making Graphs an Maps for 
Biologists using R - 22nd to 25th November 2021

Data preparation, presentation and analysis are key skills for all those 
working with marine mammals, and of the available software packages for 
doing these, R has rapidly become the most widely used. This means that 
a knowledge of how to prepare, analyse and visualise data in R is now an 
essential skill for marine mammalogists.

To help marine mammalogists (and other biologists) develop their skills 
in this area, we will be running a new instructor-led online course at 
the end of November 2021 based around our upcoming book, _An 
Introduction to Making Graphs and Maps for Biologists using R_. It will 
be held on the Zoom video-conferencing and will provide all the 
practical knowledge and experience you need to make a wide range of high 
quality and informative data visualisations from biological data in R 
using packages such as GGPlot. While it may be useful, no previous 
experience with R is required to do this course.

The course will run from the 22nd and the 25th of November 2021. It will 
consist of four three-hour sessions, and one session will need to be 
completed each day. However, you will have a choice of completing it 
between 10:00 and 13:00 British Summer Time (primarily for those living 
in Europe, Asia and Africa) or 18:00 to 21:00 British Summer Time 
(primarily for those living in North and South America). This choice of 
time slots for each session allows participants from as wide a range of 
time zones to participate in the course.

Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 24 people per session. The 
fees for this course are GBP 250 per person (with a discounted rate of 
GBP 195 for students, the unwaged and those working for registered 
charities). To book a place, or for more information, you can either 
email us at info at GISinEcology.com or click on the link below.


About the Course:

This is a practical course and it is aimed at anyone who wishes to learn 
how to make high quality and informative graphs and maps based on 
biological data using R. The topics covered on this course will include 
an introduction to making graphs using the GGPlot package, making bar 
graphs of count data, making graphs of summary statistics (such as mean 
values) with error bars, making point graphs of summary statistics for 
two variables with vertical and horizontal error bars, making box plots, 
making X-Y scatter plots of individual data points, making line graphs 
of time series data, making pair-plot matrices of environmental 
variables, making pie charts, making bubble graphs, making mixed type 
graphs, making simple X-Y plots of tracking data and making maps from 
biological data in R. In addition, you will learn how to use a variety 
of different R packages and how to create workflows for making any type 
of graph, map or data visualisation in R.

Each session will consist of a series of background talk covering 
specific topics (more details are provided below), followed by related 
practical exercises based on instructions from _An Introduction to 
Making Graphs and Maps for Biologists using R_. While you are encouraged 
to remain online during the practical sessions, you can choose to go 
off-line as you work though the exercises (or if you need to take a 
break). However, if you have any questions, the course instructor will 
be available throughout the course for you to ask any questions you wish 
at any point.

This course will be hosted by Dr Colin D MacLeod, one of the authors of 
_An Introduction to Making Graphs and Maps for Biologists using R_.

At the end of the course, all attendees will receive a certificate of 
attendance and completion. Each certificate is embossed with the _GIS In 
Ecology_ official stamp to prevent its fraudulent reproduction. In 
addition, each certificate has its own unique identification number that 
we will record, along with your name, meaning that we can verify the 
authenticity of the certificates we issue (and the course you have 
completed) on request.


GIS IN ECOLOGY - Providing Training, Advice And Consultancy On The Use 
Of GIS In Ecology

Web: www.GISinEcology.com [2] Email: info at GISinEcology.com

Need to ask a question about using GIS? Try the GIS In Ecology Forum: 
www.GISinEcology.com/GIS_in_Ecology_forum.htm [3]

Books From GIS In Ecology Staff:

GIS For Biologists: A Practical Introduction For Undergraduates; RRP: 
An Introduction To Integrating QGIS And R For Spatial Analysis; RRP: 
An Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) Using QGIS And 
R; RRP: £19:99

If you wish to purchase these books, visit: 

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