Analysis of Environmental Data (ECO 602)

Schedule

 
Quicklinks

This course is partially modeled after the textbook 'Ecological Models and Data in R' by Benjamin M. Bolker, published in 2008 by Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey and after the texbook 'Mixed Effects Models and Extensions in Ecology with R' by Zur et al, published in2009 by Springer. The similarity in material is acknowledged here (thanks Benjamin and Alain!).

The administration of this course and all relevant polices are described in detail in the course syllabus. This page provides a schedule for lectures, including links to all lecture handouts (slides and notes) and graded assignments.

No. Topic Readings
1 Role of statistics in environmental research [pdf]

Chapter 1

2 Environmental data [pdf]

none

3 Exploratory analysis [pdf]

Chapter 2

4 Deterministic functions [pdf] Chapter 3
5 Probability distributions [pdf] Chapter 4
5 Inference frameworks [pdf] none
6

Hypothesis testing concepts [pdf];

Primer on parametric confidence intervals [pdf]

none
7

Nonparametric inference: least squares & more [pdf]

none
8 Maximum likelihood inference [pdf] Chapter 6
9 Bayesian inference [pdf] Chapter 6
10 Stochastic simulation [pdf] Chapter 5
11 Landscape of statiscal methods [pdf1, pdf2, pdf3] tbd
20 Synthesis and summary [pdf] tbd
Graded projects & final exam
1 Critical review of paper [pdf]; due Dec 5  
2

Take home problem sets (Note, problem set answers are due prior to class, 8:30 a.m. on the due date listed):

  • environmental data [pdf]; due Sep 16; answers[pdf]
  • exploratory analysis [pdf]; due Sep 25 answers [pdf]
  • deterministic functions [pdf]; due Oct 2; answers [pdf]
  • probability distributions [pdf]; due Oct 9; answers [pdf]
  • hypothesis testing [pdf]; due TBD; answers [pdf]
  • nonparametric inference: least squares [pdf]; due TBD; answers [pdf]
  • maximum likelihood inference [pdf]; due TBD; answers [pdf]
  • Bayesian inference [pdf]; due TBD; answers [pdf]
  • stochastic simulation [pdf]; due TBD; answers [pdf]
 
3 Final take home exam [pdf]; due TBD; final answers [pdf, Rscript]  

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kevin McGarigal
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
304 Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
Box 34210, Amherst, MA 01003
Fax: (413) 545-4358; Phone: (413) 577-0655
Email: mcgarigalk@eco.umass.edu

Copyright 2000 University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts, 01003. (413) 545-0111. This is an official page of the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. All material in this website is made available according to the Fair Use Statute of the U.S. Copyright Act