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Oliver Hooker (Course Organiser)

Works at – PR statistics (Director)

Oliver started his PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology in June 2012 at the University of Glasgow. At present his research is in the area of ecologically driven evolution and speciation in postglacial fish, and how these processes complicate the application and planning of successful conservation strategies, especially in species that exhibit high levels of phenotypic structuring. Some of his work includes studying anthropogenic influences to phenotypic structuring within populations of Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) as well as investigating the physiological mechanisms that may drive and/or maintain ecologically driven speciation. In particular Oliver is interested in furthering the understanding of how genetic isolation arises in sympatric polymorphic populations of Arctic charr and brown trout, (Salmo trutta).

Prior to his PhD Oliver attended the University of Hull from September 2009 – June 2012 where he achieved a first class degree (83% average) with honours in Marine and Freshwater Biology. He was awarded the departmental prize (for outstanding work) in both his second and third year. Oliver set up PR~statistics in April 2014 with the aim of providing specific  training courses and workshops for people at varying stages of their academic career, delivered by experts in these fields.

PUBLICATIONS

Adams, C. E., Bean, C. W., Dodd, J. A., Down, A.,  Etheridge, E. C., Gowans, A R. D., Hooker, O. E.,  Knudsen, R.,  Lyle, A. A., Winfield, I. J. & Præbel, K. (2015) Inter and intra-population phenotypic and genotypic structuring in the European whitefish, Coregonus lavaretus, a rare freshwater fish in Scotland. Journal of Fish Biology. In Press.

Hooker, O. E., Barry, J., Van Leeuwen, T., Lyle, A., Newton, J., Cunningham, P. & Adams, C. E. (2015) Morphological, ecological and behavioural differentiation of sympatric profundal and pelagic Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) in Loch Dughaill Scotland. Hydrobiologia. In press.

Morphological, ecological and behavioural differentiation of sympatric profundal and pelagic Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) in Loch Dughaill Scotland

Van Leeuwen, T., Hooker, O. E., Metcalfe, N. & Adams, C. E. (2015) Differences in diet-induced flexibility in morphology and growth in a partially migratory species. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. [DOI 10.1139/cjfas-2015-0300]

Differences in diet-induced flexibility in morphology and growth in a partially migratory species

Hooker, O.E., Maitland, P. S., Bean, C. W. & Adams, C. E. (2015) Effectiveness of Local Biodiversity Action Plans to Identify Locally Rare and Endangered Fish in Scotland. Scottish Geographical Journal 1-11. [doi.org/10.1080/14702541.2015.1077267]

Effectiveness of Local Biodiversity Action Plans to Identify Locally Rare and Endangered Fish in Scotland

Barry, J., Newton, M., Dodd, J. A., Hooker, O. E., Boylan, P., Lucas, M. C. & Adams, C. E. (2015) Foraging specialisms influence space use and movement patterns of the European eel Anguilla Anguilla. Hydrobiologia 1-16. [DOI 10.1007/s10750-015-2466-z]

Foraging specialisms influence space use and movement patterns of the European eel Anguilla Anguilla

Upcoming Events

June 2019
£275.00 - £570.00

Microbiome Data Analysis Using QIIME2 (MBQM01)

24 June 2019 - 28 June 2019
PR informatics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will provide a theoretical, analytical and practical introduction to QIIME 2 (canonically pronounced 'chime two'), which stands for Quantitative Insights into Microbial Ecology 2, and Qiita (canonically pronounced 'cheetah'), a multiomics and multi-study online tool. QIIME 2 and Qiita are open source software packages for comparison and analysis of microbial communities, primarily based on high-throughput amplicon sequencing data (such as SSU rRNA) generated on a variety of platforms, but also supporting analysis of other types of…

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July 2019

Introduction to Bayesian hierarchical modelling using R (IBHM03)

8 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
PS statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will cover introductory hierarchical modelling for real-world data sets from a Bayesian perspective. These methods lie at the forefront of statistics research and are a vital tool in the scientist’s toolbox. The course focuses on introducing concepts and demonstrating good practice in hierarchical models. All methods are demonstrated with data sets which participants can run themselves. Participants will be taught how to fit hierarchical models using the Bayesian modelling software Jags and Stan through the R…

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Analysing Environmental Adaptation Using Landscape Genomics in R (EDAP01)

15 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course overview: Local adaptation to climate and other environmental drivers increasingly is being studied at the molecular level using high-throughput sequencing methods, with applications spanning both model and non-model organisms. At the same time, statistical tools for modeling and mapping patterns of biodiversity have seen increasing application, including to the challenge of understanding the drivers of spatial variation in adaptive genomic variation and mapping these patterns under current and future climate. This 5-day course will provide the skill set necessary…

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Introduction to spatial analysis of ecological data using R (ISPE01)

29 July 2019 - 2 August 2019
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course overview: The aim of the course is to introduce you to a spatial data processing, analysis, and visualization capabilities of the R programming language. It will teach a range of techniques using a mixture of lectures, computer exercises and case studies. By the end of the course participants should: Understand the basic concepts of spatial data analysis Know R’s spatial capabilities Understand how to import a range of spatial data sources into R Be confident with using R’s command-line…

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August 2019

Phytomappers Pro,: A Master Class for Mapping Plants With Drones

5 August 2019 - 9 August 2019
PR informatics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: Phytomappers Pro was created to scale drone education for agricultural and other related verticals, such as scientific, forestry, and environmental consultancies. This course walks step-by-step through everything you'd need to know to get started mapping plants professionally, including: • The theory behind vegetation indices, such as NDVI • Best-practices for image capture • Drone and camera hardware • Mission planning software • Image processing and data outputs using Pix4D • Cloud tools • Example datasets We teach you…

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A Quickstart Guide to Plants and Drones for Professionals

12 August 2019 - 16 August 2019
PR informatics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: The Quick-start Guide to Plants and Drones is a FREE course! The goal of this course is to bring students up to speed quickly on the commercial drone industry and specifically where plant mapping fits in. The class provides a general overview of where the drone industry has been and where it is headed next, specifically as it relates to plant-related industries, including agriculture, forestry, scientific, and more. This course assumes you are a professional (or want to…

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September 2019

Data Science/Analytics using Python (DSAP01)

9 September 2019 - 13 September 2019
PS statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: To follow... Full details can be found using the link below https://www.psstatistics.com/course/data-science-analytics-using-python-dsap01/

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R Package design and development and reproducible data science for biologists (RPKG01)

16 September 2019 - 20 September 2019
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course overview: This course will help students develop professional R coding skills by leading them through the process of making reproducible, sharable and easily communicated software centered around developing fully functional R packages and extensions. In addition to teaching traditional uses of R packages to share quantitative tools, we’ll also show how R packages can be easily developed for individual research projects to share reproducible results. To develop skills, we’ll build several R packages full of useful and general utility…

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Generalised Linear (GLM), Nonlinear (NLGLM) And General Additive Models (GAM) (GNAM01)

23 September 2019 - 27 September 2019
PS statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: To follow... Full details can be found using the link below https://www.psstatistics.com/course/generalised-linear-glm-nonlinear-nlglm-and-general-additive-models-gam-gnam01/

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£275.00 - £550.00

The Practice of RADseq: Population Genomics Analysis with Stacks (RDSQ01)

23 September 2019 - 27 September 2019
PR informatics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will focus on population genomics analysis using Stacks version 2 software. The course will include a discussion of RAD sequencing, including the different protocols and the sequencing platforms used. We will focus on the key aspects of the molecular protocol to ensure a successful data analysis. The remainder of the course will include an introduction to UNIX followed by practice with RADseq data analysis. We will focus first on how the major Stacks algorithms work, followed…

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November 2019

Applied Bayesian modelling for ecologists and epidemiologists (ABME05)

11 November 2019 - 15 November 2019
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: This application-driven course will provide a founding in the basic theory & practice of Bayesian statistics, with a focus on MCMC modeling for ecological & epidemiological problems. Starting from a refresher on probability & likelihood, the course will take students all the way to cutting-edge applications such as state-space population modelling & spatial point-process modelling. By the end of the week, you should have a basic understanding of how common MCMC samplers work and how to program them,…

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Geometric morphometrics using (Geomorph) R (GMMR02)

11 November 2019 - 15 November 2019
PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom

Course Overview: The field of geometric morphometrics (GM) is concerned with the quantification and analysis of patterns of shape variation, and its covariation with other variables. Over the past several decades these approaches have become a mainstay in the field of ecology, evolutionary biology, and anthropology, and a panoply of analytical tools for addressing specific biological hypotheses concerning shape have been developed. The goal of this is to provide participants with a working knowledge of the theory of geometric morphometrics,…

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