Introduction to Ecological Modeling in R (Online)


Introduction to Ecological Modeling in R (Online)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Learn a variety of essential quantitative skills in R to be successful in analyzing, presenting, and publishing your research findings. The examples used during the course are tailored to the needs of students, researchers, and professionals in ecology-and wildlife-related disciplines.


  • R Boot Camp - refresher
  • Normal populations
  • Randomization tests
  • Chi-squared goodness of fit
  • Simple linear regression
  • Multiple linear regression
  • Model selection

PREREQUISITES: Basic statistics and introductory R training (e.g., R Boot Camp for Ecologists and Wildlife Biologists).

FORMAT & DATES: This is a 1-credit equivalent academic course (16 contact hrs + additional work) where you learn at your own pace. This is NOT a “Watch me use R” course where your instructor presents a series of tutorials.

Opens on January 3, 2022, and closes on March 26, 2023 (enroll anytime)

You have two options when enrolling in this course:

(1)  Instructor support. Reach out to your instructor over a 1-month period to get help as you work through prerecorded lectures, problem sets, and your own personal work. You then have access to the course for an additional 2 months with less consistent support. Instructor support includes emailing your instructor, accessing live discussion threads, and scheduling one-on-one appointments (Zoom or phone) about course material, your research, datasets from work, etc. You MUST select this option if you want to take the course for academic credit at your home institution. It is highly RECOMMENDED that you select this option if you would like to work with an instructor on a dataset from school or work.

(2)  NO instructor support. Sign up anytime over a 3-month period and learn at your own pace as you work through prerecorded lectures and problem sets. Be aware that at any time during the first month, you may upgrade to receive Instructor support.


CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: This course has been pre-approved for continuing education by (1) the Ecological Society of America for 4 CEUs in Category I(a): Scientific Education and Training, and (2) The Wildlife Society for 21 CEUs in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist® Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ESA CERTIFICATION: This course is approved by the Ecological Society of America for 1 semester hour of qualified coursework that can be used to meet the minimum education requirements in Physical and Mathematical Science.