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SPATIAL COURSE IN CANADA - Advances in Spatial Analysis of Multivariate Ecological Data

Oliver Hooker, March 20, 2018

Advances in Spatial Analysis of Multivariate Ecological Data: Theory and Practice (MVSP03)

This course will run from the7th - 11th <May 2018 in Quebec and is being delivered by Prof. Pierre Legendre and Dr Guillaume Blanchet

Course Overview: The course will describe recent methods (concepts and R tools) that can be used to analyse spatial patterns in community ecology. The umbrella concept of the course is beta diversity, which is the spatial variation of communities. These methods are applicable to all types of communities (bacteria, plants, animals) sampled along transects, regular grids or irregularly distributed sites. The new methods, collectively referred to as spatial eigen-function analysis, are grounded into techniques commonly used by community ecologists, which will be described first: simple ordination (PCA, CA, PCoA), multivariate regression and canonical analysis, permutation tests. The choice of dissimilarities that are appropriate for community composition data will also be discussed. The focal question is to determine how much of the community variation (beta diversity) is due to environmental sorting and to community-based processes, including neutral processes. Recently developed methods to partition beta diversity in different ways will be presented. Extensions will be made to temporal and space-time data.

Monday 7th Introduction to data analysis. Ordination in reduced space: principal component analysis (PCA), correspondence analysis (CA), principal coordinate analysis (PCoA). Transformation of species abundance data tables prior to linear analyses.

Tuesday 8th Measures of similarity and distance, especially for community composition data. Multiple linear regression. R-square, adjusted R-square, AIC, tests of significance. Polynomial regression. Partial regression and variation partitioning.

Wednesday 9th Statistical testing by permutation. Canonical redundancy analysis (RDA) and canonical correspondence analysis (CCA). Multivariate analysis of variance by canonical analysis. Forward selection of environmental variables in RDA.

Thursday 10th Origin of spatial structures. Beta diversity partitioning and LCBD indices Replacement and richness difference components of beta diversity.

Friday 11th Spatial modelling: Multi-scale modelling of the spatial structure of ecological communities: dbMEM, generalized MEM, and AEM methods. Community surveys through space and time: testing the space-time interaction in repeated surveys. Additional module depending on time – Is the Mantel test useful for spatial analysis in ecology and genetics?

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  18. July 23rd – 27th 2018 EUKARYOTIC METABARCODING (EUKB01) Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Owen Wangensteen

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2017 publications -

Ecosystem size predicts eco-morphological variability in post-glacial diversification. Ecology and Evolution. In press.

The physiological costs of prey switching reinforce foraging specialization. Journal of animal ecology.

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