taught by Chad E. Brassil at Kellogg Biological Station

For pages listed below, H&M indicates pages from Hilborn and Mangel (1997), BB indicates pages from Bolker (in press). Generally, the texts overlap sufficiently that reading one book or the other will be adequate.

- Day 1. H&M: pgs 39-57, 62-87; BB: Chapter 4 (pgs 141-147,155-182)
- Discussion: Alternative Views of the Scientific Method of Modeling, Chapter 2, pgs 12-38.
- Distributions Reference (pdf)
- Maximimum Likelihood Tools for Mathematica
- Lab: Probability Distributions and Simulations. Download chapter 4 bird data. Pgs 94-95, 98-103
- Chalkboard Notes
- Lecture (Quicktime/iPod)

- Day 2. H&M: pgs 59-62, 131-160; BB: Chapter 6 (pgs 228-236,243-246,271-280)
- Lab: Example Flower Data Set and step-by-step code in Mathematica and in R.
- Nut data
- Bonus Lab: Flies Data Set and instructions.
- Maximimum Likelihood Analysis in Excel

- Day 3. Forsyth and Caley 2006; H&M: pgs 160-171; BB: Chapter 6 (pgs 249-258), Chapter 7 (pgs 330-335)
- Morning Lab: Data from Scheffer 1951. Mathematica and R code.
- Afternoon Lab: Work through example in H&M Chapter 8 (pgs 180-202). Just try to get through page 194, the effects of rainfall in the logistic model. Chapter 8 Data. Mathematica solution

- Day 4. H&M: pgs 106-117, 171-179; BB: Chapter 7 (pgs 302-306), Chapter 9 (pgs 394-402)
- Categorical variables and ANOVA Design

- Day 5
- 15 minute presentations (12 min, with 3 min for questions)

- Resources for Projects
- Global Population Dynamics Database
- KBS LTER Data
- Climate Indices
- Talk to Steve Hamilton about PCB data from the Kalamazoo river

- Download R.
- Draft version of Ben Bolker's forthcoming book Ecological Models and Data in R.
- Download mleFunctions package which provides functions for organizing AIC tables.
- Example code that can be used to install libraries like stats4, RWinEdt, and Rcmdr on controlled computers like the MSU microlab machines.
- Maximimum Likelihood Analysis in R
- Example R code that uses Maximum Likelihood to take averages: average of nutrients

- Notebooks for Mathematica:
- Electronic Journals in Ecology and Evolution at KBS
- MathReader is a free download that can be used to view Mathematica notebooks (*.nb).
- Printer Driver for Halictus. Place folder "Printer" onto desktop.