The main focus of my PhD was how bird communities
can be measured using volunteers as surveyors.
Using long-term 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 land-use planning, both of these
projects have some important conservation implications.
I've also done some work studying long-term diet trends of Great
Black-backed gulls (Larus marinus).
I'm a fan of the R-project
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
- Simulation website
(from U of T; check it out for fun)
- Zombie simulations
(examples of individual-based models; I
Gordon's 3D version)
||BIOL 3062: On the Importance of Pretty
- Colour PDF
- Black-and-white PDF
- Andrew Gelman's blog
- Edward Tufte's books
about the graphical display of data (a
few are also on NOVANET)
||BIOL 5062: Graphing Data and Anscombe's
- Wikipedia link
demonstrating the quartet
- Blank R workspace file
("Save As" to a working folder, then
Data (ans.txt; "Save As")
- Data Analysis Script
(anscombe.R; "Save As")
- Shortcut Data Analysis
(anscombe2.R; trickier, uses function
- How to make a
(example for making the "ans.txt"
||BIOL 5062: An Introduction to R
- R for Windows
- R for Linux/Mac
- R mailing lists
- Tinn-R, a text
editor for R (for Windows). I've
included an older version here, because,
in my opinion, it runs better than the newer
- Good Tinn-R settings (screenshots) 1, 2, 2a, 2b, 3.
- Tinn-R settings for Windows Vista
(must use the most current version of
Tinn-R 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
- 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