Measurements of Biodiversity



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iDiv Leipzig, room Red Queen

June 20, 2018 / 9 am - 3 pm

30 students / 0,25 ECTS credits


Analyzing and interpreting multi-scale biodiversity is hard. During this workshop we will provide a hands-on examination of different methods of biodiversity analysis and train participants to use open-source software that provides scale-aware assessments of biodiversity. The first half of the workshop will be spent covering the concepts and theory involved in deciphering differing approaches to analyzing biodiversity data, and the second half of the workshop we will provide a hands-on tutorial including analyses of real datasets.

Lecture and hands-on R coding using the mobr package. Participants should come with R installed on their laptops. We encourage participants to also bring their own community data structured with sites as rows and species as columns. Participants should further know, what species diversity is and why it is important.


Daniel McGlinn

Dan is a quantitative ecologist interested in community and macroecology. He is currently an assistant professor at the College of Charleston, and he has published widely on the topic of biodiversity and scale.

Jonathan Chase

Jon Chase leads, and Shane Blowes is a member, of the Biodiversity Synthesis group. The Biodiversity Synthesis group aims to better understand the patterns of biodiversity and its heterogeneous distribution across multiple scales, as well as its ecological and evolutionary drivers.

Shane Blowes

As a Postdoc Shane's focus is on improving our understanding of how the components of species richness  contribute to patterns of biodiversity along natural (e.g., latitudinal) and other gradients. Additionally, he  examines  how these components of biodiversity change through time and space as a member of the sChange (sDiv) working group.

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