Posted on 21/09/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

High probability of success from recent statistics course

Phillip Island Nature Parks hosted two eminent international experts on ecological modelling and statistics during a week-long course held last week at the Penguin Parade. Dr Alain Zuur from Scotland and Dr Elena Ieno from Spain have written a total of 8 books and facilitated over 150 courses around the globe, and are considered as world leaders in their field.

The course was aimed at providing protocols for data exploration to avoid common statistical problems. Participants were presented with several case studies which integrated statistical theory with applied analyses in a clear and understandable manner.

There was significant interest from around the world, with some course attendees travelling from as far afield as France, Spain, Oman and New Zealand, while several attended from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.

For many delegates, this was their first visit to Phillip Island, and the overwhelming feedback was how much they enjoyed the picturesque location of Cowes and the friendly welcomes they received at their accommodations. Many will return home with stories of the beautiful scenery and varied wildlife of Phillip Island.

Dr Rebecca McIntosh, Research Scientist with Phillip Island Nature Parks, organised the event and commented: “This course was presented in an accessible and enjoyable style, and will certainly lead to improved interpretation and presentation of research questions.”

“This course was a great success,” Dr McIntosh went on to say. “There was a great deal of interest in the advanced course scheduled for 2016, with many delegates very keen to return to Phillip Island next year.”