Teaching R to Ecologists

Teaching R I’ve been meaning to write a few notes from my experience teaching a grad level R course this past winter. It was a lot of work, a lot of fun, and I thought it might be useful to reflect a bit about the experience, in the hope that... [Read More]

Notes from 15 years ago

Notes and Komodo Dragons It’s been awhile since I last wrote, and I was inspired to jot down a quick post by a note I received recently. In the advent of electronic surveys, webforms, etc., it is rare to see hand written notes or letters, they have become almost quaint... [Read More]

Animated gif maps in R

Making Animations! Last post I discussed and demonstrated how you can make a pretty nice map using R. Building on that, and some work I’ve been doing for an upcoming conference presentation, I spent some time figuring out how to take some of those really nice maps, plotted through time,... [Read More]

Creating Static Maps for Manuscripts in R

Frustration in Mapping With so many tools and software options available to create maps and analyze spatial data, it’s really not surprising that the hurdles required to learn how to use them can seem insurmountable. My first job out of college involved learning how to use ESRI’s ArcGIS one painful... [Read More]

Leeches, Giant-Toe Biters, and Frogs

Ever seen a leech? How about a Giant Toebiter? Well they exist…and often in the same place! During some recent work in the Yuba watershed, a great group of folks from Earth Watch came along to help with amphibian surveys a few different meadows. I think it’s possibly one of... [Read More]