Four workshops are available at the 2021 Victorian Biodiversity Conference. All workshops take place on Wednesday 10th February and are held online.  Please note that workshop attendance incurs an additional cost than conference registration and is set at AU$35.00 each. Registration for workshops will be available soon.

Morning workshops

Wrangling data in R: An overview

Organiser: Ben Fanson (ARI)

Time: 9:00 - 12:30

Summary: Advances in scientific methods in Ecology/Conservation has led to an explosion of data. Being able to clean and wrangle these data for analyses has become an essential skill for modern day ecologist. However, many ecologists are not (and do not wish to be) computer programmers. The development of the Tidyverse paradigm makes data wrangling in R more assessable for ecologists by implementing a grammar-like approach and a suite of user-friendly functions. This workshop will introduce the participant to the Tidyverse paradigm, nested in a discussion of fundamental data wrangling topics (e.g. merges/joins, data cleaning, reproducibility). Tips and tricks on how to improve efficiency will scattered throughout the workshop. This workshop is aimed for participants that have some familiarity with R. Most of the time will be devoted to presenting and showing, but participants will be provided with those scripts to run afterwards.


Timing & topics:
9 to 9:50am

  • Introduction to workshop

  • Workflow

  • Background into Tidyverse

10 to 10:50am

  • Grammar of dplyr and tidyr

11 to 11:50am

  • Grouping and summarising datasets

  • merges/joins

11:50 to 12:30

  • Specific examples and discussion

Working with Traditional Custodians'

Organiser: Uncle David Wandin (Wurundjeri)

Time 9:00 - 12:00

Summary: Lead by Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle David Wandin, this workshop will explore natural resource and fire management from an Indigenous perspective.

Afternoon workshops

Spatial Statistics for Ecology in R

Organiser: Roshan Sharma (ICON Science, RMIT University

Time: 1:00 - 4:30pm

Summary: Identifying and analysing spatial patterns are the first step in understanding ecological processes. R is arguably the most powerful computer environment that offers transparent, reproducible, and intuitive ways of doing that. From simple spatial data manipulation and simulation to advanced spatial pattern analysis this workshop will kick start your journey to spatial statistics and explore new ways of understanding your spatial data. This workshop is suitable for beginner to intermediate level users but will require some working knowledge of the R environment and statistical concepts (e.g. knowing how to load and install packages in R).

Graphical Abstract Workshop

Time: 1:00 - 4:30pm

Summary: Details TBC!


We acknowledge and respect Victorian Traditional Owners as the original custodians of Victoria’s land and waters, their unique ability to care for Country and deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices.

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