Post by the Training and Education Reps: Duncan Procter and Susan Jarvis
Hello Quantitative Ecologists,
As new Training and Education Reps for the Quantitative Ecology SIG we thought it would be a good idea to let people know what our plans are for the next few months. As everyone who has beaten their head against a wall trying to figure out some complicated analysis method using only hyper-technical papers and the often not so useful R help files will know, training at the right time can save you a whole lot of hassle. As a result we want to do our best to help you find the training you need.
One problem is that quite a lot of training already takes place at various institutions that people may not be aware of. We are collating a list of training opportunities, which will be available online at some point. There will also be links to recently announced and upcoming training events in the weekly roundup so keep an eye on that if you are interested.
A major problem of trying to fill holes in training is not quite being sure where people need the help. We are both ecologists, but awareness of your own area doesn’t really allow you to know trends across the field as a whole. So we are planning on getting people’s ideas for training they would like through a quick online form. Once we know where the knowledge gaps lie we will do our best to fill the biggest ones. We will be sending out the call for ideas mid-April, so expect to be harassed.
Finally, if anyone has a new analysis method/ piece of software/ R package that they would like to run a workshop on or just have the word spread about feel free to get in touch (reply below or on twitter), we will see what we can do.