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Kennedy, Peter [1], Bruns, Tom [2], Gilbert, Gregory [3].

Ecological approaches to analyzing complex community datasets.

The study of fungi has developed largely outside the realm of mainstream ecology, so many of the more commonly used statistical analyses are not well-known to the mycological community. The artificial division between these two fields, however, is quickly disappearing and mycologists are increasingly eager to apply rigorous statistical approaches to the data they are collecting. The goal of this workshop is to introduce mycologists to a diverse array of statistical tools available for analyzing the composition and structure of fungal communities.
The emphasis of the workshop is to provide researchers with the opportunity to learn about as well as actually begin using various freely available web-based statistical packages. The workshop will consist of a small group of experts giving relatively brief presentations on their package of expertise followed by an “lab” period where researchers can begin to analyze data (their own or data provided) with the help of speakers.
In the labs, attendees will work individually or in small groups and come back together at the end to discuss successes/challenges.
We have confirmed speakers for four analysis programs, EstimateS, Vegan in R, PhyloCom, and UniFrac. The confirmed speakers are Catherine Lozupone, University of Colorado (UniFrac), Steve Kembel, University of Oregon (PhyloCom), Susan Lechter, University of Connecticut (EstimateS), and Jari Okansen, Univesity of Oulu, Finland (Vegan).
This workshop is sponsored by FESIN. Non-fungal participants are welcome to attend as well.

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1 - Lewis & Clark College, Department of Biology, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, Portland, OR, 97219, USA
2 - University of California, Plant and Microbial Biology, Berkeley, California, 94720, USA
3 - University of California, Environmental Studies, 1156 High St. - 405 ISB, Santa Cruz, California, 95064, USA

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Presentation Type: Workshop
Session: WS-01
Location: Wasatch B/Cliff Lodge - Level C
Date: Saturday, July 25th, 2009
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: WS-01001
Abstract ID:35