2017 Short Course Schedule


Please note that the 2nd floor of the UMass Conference Center (Hotel UMass) parking garage is blocked off.  You will need to park on Floors 3 and above.  Access to the campus is from the 3rd floor.  Here’s a link to the campus map.

–>The meeting is in the hotel conference center. To get to the conference center, walk out the 3rd floor door at the opposite end of the garage entrance.  Walk across the plaza area toward the tall grey concrete building (on the left side of the green).  Hotel check-in is on the 3rd floor. The Marriott Center is on the 11th floor.

–>The short course is in the Life Sciences building.  Walk beyond the conference center toward North Pleasant Street, take a right onto N. Pleasant Street, then a left onto Stock Bridge Road.  The Life Sciences building is at the corner.


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

8:00 am: Registration/Breakfast

9:00 am: Short course begins

10:30 am: Coffee Break

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm:  IALS Tour

3:00 pm: Afternoon Break

5:30 pm: Adjourn


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.

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