IB 493 - Study of methods used in the collection and analyses of ecological data. Emphasis on sampling, experimental design, multivariate techniques, exploratory analyses, and computer intensive applications such as exact tests and permutation procedures. Laboratory emphasis on analyses and interpretation of ecological data with statistical software.

Prerequisite: One course in ecology such as EEE 212 including basic concepts in population and community ecology and one course in statistics such as IB 388 or CPSC 440 including basic concepts of sampling, hypothesis testing/inference, and techniques such as t-tests and ANOVA.
4 hours.


Jeff Brawn
113 Shelford Vivarium (606 E. Healey), MC-444
E-mail: jbrawn@uiuc.edu
Office Phone: 244-5937
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11-12 PM; Fridays 2-4 PM

Teaching Assistant

Dylan Maddox
201 Shelford Vivarium (606 E. Healey), MC-444
E-mail: jmaddox@uiuc.edu
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-4 PM

Course Requirements

% of Final Grade

Mid-term Exam 25 %
Final Exam 30 %
Lab Reports 20 %
Semester Project 15 %
Contributions to discussions 10 %

Grading System

A+ 97 to 100
A 93 to 96.9
A- 90 to 92.9
B+ 87 to 89.9
B 83 to 86.9
B- 80 to 82.9
C+ 77 to 79.9
C 73 to 76.9
C- 70 to 72.9
D+ 67 to 69.9
D 63 to 66.9
D- 60 to 62.9
F < 59.9%


Lecture Schedule

Old Exams

Project Guidelines

Course Software

Systat 11.0 (all software and manuals available in computer lab)

Important Dates

October 18th : Mid-term exam
December 13th : Final exam
Week of October 16th : Topic for semester project must be approved.

Course Times

Lecture: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-10:50 AM - 165 Noyes Laboratory

Lab: Wednesdays
A:12:00-2:00 PM - 164e Burrill Hall (PC lab)
B: 2:00-4:00 PM- 164e Burrill Hall (PC Lab)

Discussion: Wednesdays
A: 9-9:50 AM - 176 Burill Hall (Ecolunch Room)
B: 10-10:50 AM - 176 Burill Hall (Ecolunch Room)

(Note: Discussion will be devoted to readings, lecture, and presentation of semester projects)

Course Text

A Primer of Ecological Statistics

N. J. Gotelli & A. M. Ellison.  2004.  Sinauer Press.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Website: E. Barbara Meyer - Educational Technology Center -Life Sciences