Data Manipulation & Statistical Analysis in Palaeoecology: Masterclass in R

Join the Palaeoecology SIG for this online workshop to develop your understanding of using R in palaeoecological contexts.

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This online workshop provides training in the application of R to visualise and conduct ecological and statistical analyses of palaeo-data. It is organised by the Palaeoecology Special Interest Group and aims to support intermediate R users by showcasing a range of possible approaches for data analysis, problem-solving and adapting existing R packages to work with palaeoecological data.

We will use a masterclass approach, where expert users “show their working”. Tutors include Steve Juggins (Emeritus Professor of Quantitative Paleoecology, Newcastle University, UK), Gavin Simpson (Assistant Professor of Applied Biometrics, University of Aarhus, Denmark), Walter Finsinger (The Institute of Evolutionary Science of Montpellier, University of Montpellier, France), and Marco Aquino Lopez (University of Cambridge, UK).


The workshop will be run online over four days, using Zoom and Slack to maximise opportunities for attendance, support and interaction. Morning tuition and afternoon working sessions will be delivered live and recorded for accessible, flexible participation across multiple time zones. The event will include Q&As to help participants apply workflows to their own data and support community learning.

The event includes a mid-workshop seminar day on 3 November where speakers present short talks giving wider examples of innovative applications of R to palaeo-data. Confirmed speakers so far include Xavier Benito Granell (Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology, Spain), Benjamin Bell (University of Manchester, Simon Goring and Socorro Dominguez (University of Wisconsin–Madison, US), Radosław Poniat (University of Bialystok, Poland), and Lewis Jones (Universidade de Vigo, Spain).

Tickets for the seminar day are included in the cost of the workshop, but can also be purchased separately for those who wish to attend the seminar day only.

Who is this workshop for?

  • People who are competent with basic R functionality
  • People who want to expand their understanding of using R in palaeoecological contexts
  • ECRs are especially encouraged to participate

Abstract submission

The seminar day includes invited speakers and space for abstract submissions, so if you would like to be considered as a presenter, please submit a talk title and max. 300 word abstract to by 30 September 2022


Registration is now open until 18 October 2022. The below ticket types are available.

Access to the full workshop

  • BES student member: £20
  • BES ordinary member: £30
  • Student non-member: £30
  • Ordinary non-member: £40

Access to seminar day (3 November) only

  • BES student member: £10
  • BES ordinary member: £15
  • Student non-member: £15
  • Ordinary non-member: £20

If you are interested in becoming a BES member to purchase the BES member rate ticket, you can find out more information and join here. Membership starts from £24, or you can get 12 months free membership if you are an undergraduate, masters, or first year PhD student doing ecology or an ecology-related degree.

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PalaeoSIG is a special interest research group of the British Ecological Society. It provides a forum for improving exchange between palaeoecology and ecology for more integrated use of long-term ecological data.

For questions or more information, please contact the Palaeoecology SIG on or via @BES_Palaeo.