BIOL 3XX Quantitative Ecological Methods

This course will allow students to apply statistical principles to experimental designs and analyses of ecological data. Ecological data is often constituted and impacted by multiple variable factors and must be placed into context within the population and systems from which it was sampled. The student will learn appropriate methods to collect and analyze common types of ecological data, such as species distribution, abundance, and occupancy. Students will be expected to evaluate quantitative methods used in current literature, apply theoretical concepts to real datasets, become proficient in the use of statistical programming software and mathematical packages, and interpret the ecological significance of results from statistical significance.