The main focus of my PhD was how bird communities
can be measured using volunteers as surveyors.
Using longterm datasets from the Christmas Bird Count, Breeding Bird Survey and Project Feederwatch (among
others), I've also spent some time modeling the
effects of land use change on bird community
attributes, including the distribution of habitat
generalists and specialists. By contributing to
more effective data collection, population
modeling and landuse planning, both of these
projects have some important conservation implications.
I've also done some work studying longterm diet trends of Great
Blackbacked gulls (Larus marinus).
I'm a fan of the Rproject
for statistical computing, and I also like
reptiles and the Great Lakes, two converging areas
of focus of my MSc (Guelph).
Some of my lecture materials are posted below:

Course and Lecture Name



BIOL 3062: Applied Behavioural Ecology
(2010) 
 PDF
 Simulation website
(from U of T; check it out for fun)
 Zombie simulations
(examples of individualbased models; I
presented Alan
Gordon's 3D version)


BIOL 3062: On the Importance of Pretty
Graphs (2011) 
 Colour PDF
 Blackandwhite PDF
(for printing)
 Andrew Gelman's blog
of statistics
 Edward Tufte's books
about the graphical display of data (a
few are also on NOVANET)


BIOL 5062: Graphing Data and Anscombe's
Quartet 
 PDF
 Wikipedia link
demonstrating the quartet
 Blank R workspace file
("Save As" to a working folder, then
selfextract (.exe))
 Raw
Data (ans.txt; "Save As")
 Data Analysis Script
(anscombe.R; "Save As")
 Shortcut Data Analysis
Script (optional)
(anscombe2.R; trickier, uses function
by())
 How to make a
dataframe (optional)
(example for making the "ans.txt"
datafile (makeAns.R))


BIOL 5062: An Introduction to R 
 PDF
 R for Windows
(download)
 R for Linux/Mac
 R mailing lists
(for help!)
 TinnR, a text
editor for R (for Windows). I've
included an older version here, because,
in my opinion, it runs better than the newer
versions.
 Good TinnR settings (screenshots) 1, 2, 2a, 2b, 3.
 TinnR settings for Windows Vista
(must use the most current version of
TinnR on Vista) (screenshots) 1, 2, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 5.


BIOL 5062: Linear Regression 
 Tutorial Slides (PDF)
 Script file for R


BIOL 5062: Mixed/Hierarchical Models 
 PDF
 Electronic online version of Pinheiro and Bates (2000;
browse to this item in NOVANET).
 Home page for Gelman
and Hill (2007)
 Poisson link slide
from talk (doesn't show up on PDF;
is a great way to appreciate link
functions in generalized linear models
(here, a Poisson link does a log (ln)
transform of y)).


BIOL 5062: Matrix Multiplication 
 Example PDF

