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General Ecology Biostatistics - BIOLOGY 201

2 credits

Prerequisites: BIOLOGY 281 (General Ecology) in Winter 2019 with Prof. Mark Hunter; no statistics background required.

Dates: May 20 - June 1, 2019, but you will enroll for fall term credit*.

Location: U-M Biological Station

Instructor: Kenneth Elgersma

TO ENROLL, fill out this form so we can give you an override to register for BIOLOGY 201 for the Fall 2019 semester.

*Note: This course runs May 20-June1, 2019, but you will enroll for FALL term credit. You are financially responsible for these credits, but you may not have to pay additional tuition if your total fall credits are within 12-18 hours. Students taking fewer than 12 or more than 18 credit hours will be assessed fees on those credits.
You will live at the Biological Station for the duration of the course. Your room and board is covered by UMBS Transforming Learning scholarships.

Course Description

This applied extension of General Ecology (BIOLOGY 281/ENVIRON 281) is all about how to efficiently collect and analyze environmental data to answer ecological questions. In General Ecology, you learned WHAT these data tell us, but not HOW we learn from data. 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 best practices for using spreadsheets and databases for data storage, and statistical software (R) for efficient data manipulation and analysis. You will apply that knowledge to collect and analyze real-world data to answer an ecological question.