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NES8010 : Quantitative Ecological Research Methods

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Understanding approaches and development of skills in academic and ecological research, survey and consultancy, including proposal writing, project planning, sampling design, scientific reporting, statistical analysis and modelling.
A unique module taking students through practical, technical and statistical approaches to survey design and description of ecological change in marine and terrestrial habitats and species.

Outline Of Syllabus

Ecological sampling and survey design: Planning and delivering biological surveys, implementation of ecological sampling methods, interpretation of data on richness, diversity, extent and rarity in relation to spatial scale. Developing research questions and detecting and addressing systematic sampling error. Introduction to R including data manipulation and analysis and tidy data methods. Revision of basic statistical terms and assumptions.

Data analysis and Modelling: Multivariate modelling, Data exploration and analysis of community data in R and PRIMER. Regression and mixed effects models, Structural Equation Modelling using the latest packages in R, Practical modelling approaches for analysing natural systems using the generalised linear model framework.

Option A (numbers capped at 24 – preference given to IMEC students)

Boat based sampling: Planning and delivering boat based surveys, hard and soft substrata. Cost-effectiveness in sampling strategy and methods, interpretation of data as above. Introduction to novel methods (1 day). Group exercise on project design.

Option B

Vertebrate population assessment: Survey design and data analysis of established methods for population assessment and monitoring with both field and exercise based examples (including camera trapping, CMR and analysis of GPS data). Methods include spatial analysis and understanding of detection probability in models.

Policy relevance: Communicating uncertainty for policy makers and decision makers.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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