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International Experience Funding Report Name: Paul Sesink Clee Course Start: March 16, 2015 Course End: March 20th 2015 Submission Date: Achievements from course: The Spatial Analysis in R course offered by PR~statistics, took place at the Scottish Center for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE) on Loch Lomond that is affiliated with the University of Glasgow. The week consisted of a mixture of lectures and practical laboratory applications of the skills covered. This course was aimed to help ecologists that implement a variety of field-collected data such as plot, grid, and transect data, in statistical frameworks. We used the open-source program R to run analyses on simulated data that encompassed a wide range of possible data types in order to cover all students’ datasets. From the lectures and lab practicals, I was able to get a much better handle on the data that I have collected for my dissertation research. I am looking at creating distribution models of infectious diseases in a variety of taxa across Africa. The skills that I obtained through this course have already propelled my research forward and have opened up a world of new possibilities for analysis. I feel much better prepared to continue with my own research and to help colleagues of mine with their research goals. International aspects: This course was attended by students, post-docs, and professionals from across the UK and Europe. Although I was the only attendee from the US, I felt welcomed by everyone there. People came from a spread of different backgrounds including basic ecology, epidemiology, pathology, and behavioral biology across taxa ranging from bacteria, plants, birds, and mammals. I felt challenged helping other students with their specific research questions which made me think about things that I do not normally focus on in my research. I was also able to collaborate with people who work with similar study systems to mine and implement similar techniques. This was especially helpful in discussing different techniques and methods for analysis that I had not heard of while sharing techniques with which I am already familiar with other attendees. Courses like this are offered in the US as full semester courses occasionally, but this course was appealing as a summary one-week course with opportunities to discuss specific questions applied to our own research to the group. Due to time constraints with data analysis and field work, I would not be able to spend a term taking a similar course elsewhere, and this course fit the bill perfectly. I was able to learn more than I expected I would in just one week while at SCENE. Additional benefits: During this course I have made beneficent connections with ecologists from all across the UK and Europe. I hope that these connections will blossom over time and lead to strong collaborations in future research and projects. I was also able to speak with the organizer of the course, Oliver Hooker, who is also a graduate student, and will be speaking with him in the coming months about bringing courses such as this one to the United States.