Current courses

Introduction to Biological Statistics  (OEB 153, co-taught with Professor John Wakeley) - Introduction to probability and statistics, with dual concern for analytical thinking and data analysis.The fundamentals of R will be covered, then this software environment will be used to analyze data and make statistical inferences. Ecological and genetic data will be the primary focus of applications. Analytical thinking modules will cover the theory of probability, statistical distributions, and the principles of statistical inference. You will will learn how to defend your claims and not be fooled by quantitative arguments.


Introduction to experimental design and model building for ecologists and evolutionary biologists (OEB 201) - This class will cover the fundamentals of model building with a focus on regression, for data gathered from experiments as well as other approaches. The course will move briskly through basic statistics (averages, standard errors) and linear regression then focus on experimental design, model building and causal inference, covering sample size decisions, missing data, model verification and validation, and randomized experiments. Inference will be Bayesian-focused.


Modern Conservation Biology (OEB 216) - Readings (mainly from the scientific literature) and discussion of what defines and theoretically underpins the field of conservation biology - though discussion is on the current version of the field, readings will span its development over the last 50+ years.

Past courses

Wilderness & Society (Dartmouth Environmental Studies) - This course examines the intersection of wilderness and humans by readings of wilderness writers, activists, conservation scientists and journalists. It begins with reading Muir's and his followers' work, as well as examining contemporary wilderness stories (Into the Wild and Accidental Explorer). It then follows the role of such work in the current conservation and wilderness preservation movement, considering the roles of activists, writers and scientists to our current definition of wilderness.

Students learning about the Nutrient Network study before biomass clipping in 2008.
Students learning about the Nutrient Network study before biomass clipping in 2008.

Favorite past courses I helped on

(Dartmouth Biology Department) Ecological Research in the Tropics I & II (Costa Rica), Ecological Research on Coral Reefs (Jamaica and Little Cayman), Methods in Ecology, Introduction to Ecology & Evolution (Biology), Conservation Biology (in Environmental Studies Program)


Biodiversity Discussion Group - From 2012 to 2013 I was running the UBC Biodiversity Discussion Group (BDG). You can find information on it, including how to join the mailing list here.

Bioinformatics blog - In 2010-11 UCSD undergrad Winny and I were working on collecting trait data for a suite of historical phenology datasets. You can read about our progress on our blog here.

Temporal Ecology Lab blog
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