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What You'll Study
  • Basic coding in R for loops and custom functions
  • How data science principles and workflow inform ecological data management
  • Database structure and design
  • Online task automation using Application Programming Interfaces (API)
  • Managing ecological data in base R and tidyverse environments
  • Communicating ecology with R scripts
  • Version control (GitHub) command-line tools for file management
  • Using R as a Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Visualizing data using ggplot and Leaflet
  • Building reports and interactive web applications using rMarkdown, Shiny, and html.

Participants must be familiar with basics of programming in R either independently or with the help of pre-course assignments.

Program Details
Dates

August 5-9, 2019

Location

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA.

Available Formats

Professional Training (SMSC 0532, 4.0 CEUs)

Cost

Professional Training: $1847.00*

*Professionals from certain countries are eligible for a reduced rate of $1280.50 which will automatically be reflected during the registration process.

Scholarships & financial aid

Deadlines

Apply by May 27, 2019

Payment Deadline: June 10, 2019

Meet the Faculty

Brian S. Evans
Migratory Bird Ecologist
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Brian has been a researcher at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center since 2007, specializing in environment-bird interactions with a focus on the landscape ecology of Greater Washington, D.C.

Curriculum

Once data reach a certain size or complexity ecologists often struggle with the data management process. As big data increasingly becomes a component of ecological study, there is a developing need for understanding how to maintain large and complex datasets, prepare data for analysis, and develop a reproducible workflow. In this five-day course, we will explore the management of ecological data using Program R. We will focus on the structure and linguistics of data in R and how to integrate R into a data science workflow, and explore how to think about ecological data in new ways. Through this process, participants will develop a flexible skillset for managing and exploring data. Each lesson will consist of a lecture and guided lab activities using real world ecological applications.

What’s Included

The total cost includes our Housing ($225.00) and Dining ($180) Packages and covers:

  • Instruction and course materials.
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off shuttle service at Dulles International Airport (IAD) at specific pre-arranged times. We do not provide ground transportation shuttle service to or from any other airports in the Washington, DC, region.
  • Transportation for course activities.
  • Daily full-service buffet at the SMSC Dining Commons.
  • Housing at the SMSC Residential Facility, including a shared room with bathroom (single rooms available at twice the shared housing cost).

Interested in Commuting?

Participants with a documented, permanent address local to campus may elect to commute with permission from SMSC. Commuters are required to purchase a reduced meal plan ($50) which includes lunch and snack breaks for each day of instruction. Additional dining options are available and may be selected during registration.  Email SCBItraining@si.edu for additional information.

Take the next step toward a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity