This module will focus on deriving inferences in ecology. We will emphasize examples in which controversies exist, in part, because of the application of inferential tools and associated assumptions. As the first module of the course, we also will stress skills required to critically read the literature and effectively lead and participate in discussions.
Readings, HW and things to think about
Thursday Aug 25
Observational vs Experimental Data
- Experimental design
- Controversy: examples
- Discussion of the figures you made
Reading for today: Hurlbert 1984
For today's paper discussion:
- What is one idea/concept you took away from the paper?
- What is one question you had from the paper?
- What is one issue you found unsatisfying or disagreed with in the paper?
- Were there any insights that changed your perspective?
Tuesday Sept 30
Tuesday Sept 6
Controversy and Reconciliation
Reading for Today: Case_Chapter10_MSY, watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DNhqtYf47E
Cool thoughts: Why most published research findings are false (Ioannidis 2005 (PLOS Medicine))
HW due before the next class: What do you think the role of scientists should be in environmental policy (e.g., in conservation or sustainability); i.e., how will you handle a request to "help us solve this problem." Come up with a real world example
Thursday Sept 8
Role of Scientists in Society