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SAFE RETURN TO CAMPUS

As part of Mason's Safe Return to Campus Plan, all classes and associated instructional activities—including final exams—will be conducted virtually beginning November 30, while most campus facilities will remain open. Visit Mason’s Safe Return to Campus Plan for COVID-19 updates.

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SMSC Spring 2021 Graduate Program

SPRING 2021 COURSE OFFERINGS

Students taking CONS 625 Statistics for Ecology and Conservation Biology

CONS 625 STATS FOR ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION BIO ONLINE

  • Learn fundamentals of R programming, code organization and R project management
  • Practice import, cleaning and manipulation of real ecology data sets
  • Conduct analyses using generalized linear models (GLMs) on both continuous and binary response data
  • Practice checking model assumptions and interpreting model results
  • Learn how and when to utilize mixed model approaches
  • Conduct an independent analysis project using a unique real data set
  • Be exposed to complexities of working with real ecological data
  • Access to regular virtual sessions along with recorded material to allow self-paced learning
Students taking CONS 697:ESSENTIALS OF SPATIAL ECOLOGY: GIS IN R

CONS 697 ESSENTIALS OF SPATIAL ECOLOGY: GIS IN R ONLINE

  • Learn/review projections, coordinate systems, scale and other core GIS concepts
  • Import, manipulate and visualize raster and vector spatial data in R
  • Locate, download and use available digital online data sources
  • Analyze animal movement path data and generate home ranges
  • Conduct wildlife habitat suitability analyses and species distribution modeling
  • Conduct habitat connectivity analyses
  • Create publication quality maps using package tmap
  • Meet and interact digitally with expert instructors from SCBI’s Conservation GIS Lab

To learn more, visit SMSC Graduate and Professional Short Courses and Training