May 23-25: R workshop for microbial ecologists

From Pat Schloss:

Hi mothur users,

I wanted to let you know that I will be teaching another of my R workshops for microbial ecologists this May. The workshop will run from May 23rd to 25th near the Detroit airport. The workshop is being filled on a first come, first served basis. The workshop is geared towards people with interests in microbial ecology that would like to learn R or to learn it better so you shouldn’t feel like this isn’t for you if you are a beginner. I assume no previous computer programming experience. The workshop is an even blend of lecture/discussion and hands on use of R with real data and typically uses mothur output files as a starting point. Here is a rough outline of the content that past workshops have covered.

Introduction to R – R Studio, R markdown, operations, variable types
R basics – getting data in and out, packages
Programming in R – Functions, loops
Programming in R – Controlling flow
Data visualization
Using packages

I’m going to shift the focus of previous workshops from using R to write programs to using R to drive your data presentation with R markdown and data visualization. Feel free to email me pschloss with any questions or if you would like to learn more about registering, accommodations,and fees.


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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.