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NIMBioS/SAMSI/ESA Graduate Workshop

Current Issues in Statistical Ecology

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Topic: Graduate Workshop on Current Issues in Statistical Ecology

Workshop dates: April 15-17, 2015

Location: NIMBioS, Claxton Bldg., on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Organizing Committee:

  • Teresa Mourad, Ecological Society of America
  • Richard Smith, SAMSI and Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS and Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Louis Gross NIMBioS, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • Jim Clark Statistical Science, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Univ., Durham NC

Objectives: For graduate students in ecology-related fields or statistics with an interest in ecological applications, this workshop gave participants the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in statistical ecology. Opportunities were provided to build skills in new statistical tools useful for ecology and to work on applying tools to participants' research questions. The program also featured panel discussions about career opportunities, the job search, and surviving graduate school/writing your dissertation.

Participants were encouraged to bring data sets associated with their research to be explored under the guidance of workshop leaders.

Workshop Leaders:

This workshop was co-organized by the Ecological Society of America SEEDS program and SAMSI (Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute). Alumni of the SEEDS program received priority consideration to attend, and all participants were invited to join the SEEDS network.

Descriptive flyer: PDF

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Live-stream icon. Live Stream. Selected presentations were streamed live during the Workshop and were archived for online viewing. A live chat of the event took place via Twitter with the hashtag #gradWS.
Playlist of archived video presentations

Evaluation Report



  • Poudel R, Jumpponen A, Kennelly MM, Rivard CL, Gomez-Montano L, Garrett KA. 2018. Rootstocks shape the rhizobiome: Rhizosphere and endosphere bacterial communities in the grafted tomato system. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. AEM-01765. [Online]
  • Poudel R, Jumpponen A, Schlatter DC, Paulitz TC, Gardener BB, Kinkel LL, Garrett KA. 2016. Microbiome networks: A systems framework for identifying candidate microbial assemblages for disease management. Phytopathology, 106(10): 1083-1096. [Online]

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