2017 Short Course Schedule

We are pleased this year to offer a short course on the basics of R. Below you will find a tentative schedule for June 14th. Below the schedule, you will find information about the instructors!

  • 8 AM
    • Introductions and installation trouble-shooting (30 mins)
    • Introduction to R Language (30 mins)
    • Hands-on exercise: Data types and loading (15 mins)
    • Data Carpentry – lecture with follow-along code (30 mins)
    • Hands-on exercise: Manipulating data (30 mins)
  • 10:15 AM – 15 min break
  • 10:30 AM
    • Data exploration – lecture with follow-along code (45 mins)
    • Hands-exercise: Data visualization (45 mins)
  • 12:00 PM – 1 hour break
  • 1:00 PM
    • Stats in R – lecture with follow-along code (60 mins)
    • Hands-on exercise: Model fitting a simple linear regression (30 mins)
  • 2:30 PM – 15 min break
  • 2:15 PM
    • ANOVA – lecture with follow-along code (60 mins)
    • Hands-on exercise: Comparing sample means using ANOVA (45 mins)
    • Best R Practices, Resources, and Final Remarks (30 mins)
  • 4:30 PM – Finished


Chris Sutherland is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst. He teaches quantitative ecology at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Chris is primarily interested in the development and application of spatially realistic statistical models to answer biologically interesting, real-world questions related to space use, dispersal and connectivity.

Joe Drake is a PhD student at UMass and his research is focused quantifying structural, functional and genetic connectivity in spatially structured populations. He is also invested in science communication and outreach. He has worked with the United States Forest Service and National Park Service. Blake Massey is a PhD candidate at UMass researching Bald Eagle movement patterns through spatially-explicit, individual-based modeling. He also works for the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a GIS technician and is developing a regional database for the federally-listed northern bog turtle.