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An Introduction to Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is a 5-day summer course sponsored by and held at the U.S. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in Durham, North Carolina.
The course will cover with what meta-analysis is, where it comes from, some examples of how it has been used in ecology and evolution, and its major strengths and weaknesses as a tool for the quantitative summary of research results. Students will be introduced to issues and methods for gathering data from the scientific literature and how to organize those data for analysis. Students will be encouraged to produce a preliminary meta-analysis on their own data, and will learn how to interpret, evaluate and critique the results.
The course will consist of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on computer labs, group discussions and student presentations. There will be ample opportunity for questions and feedback. The course will also include a number of social events and opportunities to interact with the NESCent scientific community.
The course will be taught using MetaWin 2.0, WinBUGS 1.4, R, and custom software for phylogenetic meta-analysis. Note that MetaWin is only available for Windows; it is strongly recommended (but not required) and can be purchased with registration.
Participants will be responsible for travel and food expenses. Travel awards of up to $450 are available to participants from underrepresented groups.
Apply online at /courses/apply by providing a CV and brief descriptions of (1) your statistical and biological background and experience, and (2) your reasons for taking the course. Applications are due by March 31, 2009. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and applicants will be notified no later than May 1, 2009. Registration is limited to 24.
Inquiries may be address to Jory Weintraub, NESCent Education and Outreach Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 919-668-4578.