Today’s society is increasingly reliant on data to shape our understanding of the environment. We as a society collect an enormous quantity of environmental data, some extremely useful, some not. This course is all about how to efficiently collect and analyze useful environmental data to answer ecological questions.
We will explore how statistics can be used to accurately represent the outcome of an experiment and improve understanding, and we will learn how statistics can be misunderstood or abused.
By the end of this course, you will understand the appropriate use of data and statistics to answer an array of basic environmental questions. You will also learn best practices for using spreadsheets and databases for data storage, and statistical software (R) for efficient data manipulation and analysis. Finally, you will apply that knowledge to collect and analyze real-world data to answer an ecological question.