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How to be a quantitative ecologist: The 'A to R' of green mathematics and statistics 
Jason Matthiopoulos
Scottish Oceans Institute &
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

'How to be a quantitative ecologist' provides a comprehensive introduction to mathematics, statistics and computing and is the ideal textbook for late undergraduate and postgraduate courses in environmental biology.

This website complements the text with problems, projects and additional information.

Ecological research is becoming increasingly quantitative, yet students often opt out of courses in mathematics and statistics, unwittingly limiting their ability to carry out research in the future. This textbook provides a practical introduction to quantitative ecology for students and practitioners who have realised that they need this opportunity.

The text is addressed to readers who haven't used mathematics since school, who were perhaps more confused than enlightened by their undergraduate lectures in statistics and who have never used a computer for much more than word processing and data entry. From this starting point, it slowly but surely instils an understanding of mathematics, statistics and programming, sufficient for initiating research in ecology. The book’s practical value is enhanced by extensive use of biological examples and the computer language R for graphics, programming and data analysis.


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Jason Mathiopioulis

Jason Matthiopoulos is Associate Professor in quantitative ecology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He has a joint degree in mathematics and zoology, a PhD in population ecology, qualifications in statistics, and over 15 years' experience in teaching mathematics, statistics and computing to biology students at all levels (Pre-entry, Undergraduate, Masters, PhD). His research interests revolve around animal population and spatial ecology and he has published widely on taxa as diverse as invertebrates, birds and mammals.

Jason is a member of the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (St Andrews), the National Centre for Statistical Ecology (UK) and the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Ecology and Endangered Species Research.

Mathematics was, by far, Jason's worst subject at school.

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