Methods in Experimental Ecology I (PCB 6466): Fall 2023
 Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays (2:003:20)
 Room: Bio 305
 Instructor: Dave Jenkins, office = BIO 111B, email [david.jenkins AT ucf.edu] for help / meetings
 TA: Ashley Reaume office = 133, email [ashley.reaume AT ucf.edu] for help / meetings
 A resource: Hector, A (2021) The new statistics with R – an introduction for biologists. Oxford. (Available here Free if logged in UCF network)
Resources
Learn how to design, analyze and interpret experiments and quantitative observations. Introduction to modern statistical software and basic statistical methods needed to collect, organize and interpret data critically. For beginning graduate and senior undergraduate researchers, this course bridges between undergraduate stats and Methods II.
Week  Videos etc. (BEFORE class)  Reading (BEFORE class)  InClass Topics  Assignments 
1:
Aug 22, 24 
Installing R & RStudio 

Course overview & goals 

2:
Aug 29 F’BALL AUG 31 
Hypotheses 1 , 2 
Readings discussion 
Homework #1
(Due 5 Sep) 

3:
Sep 5, 7 
Data basics  Many Choices

Handling Data #1 
(Due 12 Sep) 
4:
Sep 12, 14 
How To Graph in RStudio: The Basics  Tufte in R
Getting Started with Charts in R R cheat sheets (!) including ggplot 
(Due 19 Sep) 

5:
Sep 19, 21 
Probabilities  Normality tests I  Normality & Variance 
(Due 26 Sep) 
6:
Sep 26, 28 
Z and ttests 

t tests 
(Due 3 Oct) 
7:
Oct 3, 5 
Model selection (w/ AIC)  Anderson et al. (2000)  Readings discussion 
(Due 10 Oct) 
8:
Oct 10, 12 
Min. N for regressions 
(Due 17 Oct) 

9:
Oct 17, 19

SMA Regressions  Warton et al. (2012)  Linear & SMA Regressions 
(Due 24 Oct) 
10:
Oct 24, 26 
Multiple Regressions  Multiple Regressions I 
(Due 31 Oct) 

11:
Oct 31, Nov 2 
Generalized Linear Models I  GLMs I 
(Due 7 Nov) 

12:
Nov 7, 9


Mixed Effect ANOVAs 
(Due 14 Nov) 

13:
Nov 14, 16 

Plotting complex models 
(Due 28 Nov) 

14:
Nov 21 T’GIVING 
Intro to Multivariate Analyses  ordinations.R (as txt)  – – – –  
15:
Nov 28, 30 
– – – – 
– – – –  practice 1
Final Exam to You Nov 30 
final exam 
16:
Dec 5, 7 
Finals Week 
Finals Week  Finals Week 
Final DUE THURS DEC 7 