The QCBS R Workshop Series is a series of 10 workshops that walks participants through the steps required to use R for a wide array of statistical analyses relevant to research in biology and ecology. These open-access workshops were created by members of the QCBS both for members of the QCBS and the larger community.

The content of this workshop has been peer-reviewed by several QCBS members. If you would like to suggest modifications, please contact the current series coordinators, listed on the main Github page.

0.1 Code of conduct

The QCBS R Workshop Series and the QCBS R Symposium are venues dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity.

Participants, presenters and organizers of the workshop series and other related activities accept this Code of Conduct when being present at any workshop-related activities.

We do not tolerate behaviour that is disrespectful or that excludes, intimidates, or causes discomfort to others.

We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on characteristics that include, but are not limited to, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, citizenship, nationality, ethnic or social origin, pregnancy, familial status, genetic information, religion or belief (or lack thereof), membership of a national minority, property, age, education, socio-economic status, technical choices, and experience level.

It applies to all spaces managed by or affiliated with the workshop, including, but not limited to, workshops, email lists, and online forums such as GitHub, Slack and Twitter.

0.1.1 Expected behaviour

All participants are expected to show respect and courtesy to others. All interactions should be professional regardless of platform: either online or in-person. In order to foster a positive and professional learning environment we encourage the following kinds of behaviours in all workshop events and platforms:

  • Use welcoming and inclusive language
  • Be respectful of different viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accept constructive criticism
  • Focus on what is best for the community
  • Show courtesy and respect towards other community members

0.1.2 Unacceptable behaviour

Examples of unacceptable behaviour by participants at any workshop event/platform include:

  • written or verbal comments which have the effect of excluding people on the - basis of membership of any specific group;
  • causing someone to fear for their safety, such as through stalking or intimidation;
  • violent threats or language directed against another person;
  • the display of sexual or violent images;
  • unwelcome sexual attention;
  • nonconsensual or unwelcome physical contact;
  • insults or put-downs;
  • sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or exclusionary jokes;
  • incitement to violence, suicide, or self-harm;
  • continuing to initiate interaction (including photography or recording) with - someone after being asked to stop;
  • publication of private communication without consent.

0.2 Contributors

Originally developed by Bérenger Bourgeois, Xavier Giroux-Bougard, Amanda Winegardner, Emmanuelle Chrétien, Monica Granados and Pedro Henrique Pereira Braga. Material in the R script was originally derived from Borcard, Gillet & Legendre (2011). Numerical Ecology with R. Springer New York.

Since 2014, several QCBS members contributed to consistently and collaboratively develop and update this workshop, as part of the Learning and Development Award from the Québec Centre for Biodiversity Science. They were:

2025 - 2024 - 2023 2022 - 2021 - 2020 2019 - 2018 - 2017 2016 - 2015 - 2014
Pedro Henrique P. Braga Pedro Henrique P. Braga Gabriel Muñoz Monica Granados
Katherine Hébert Marie Hélène-Brice Emmanuelle Chrétien
Mi Lin Pedro Henrique P. Braga Bérenger Bourgeois
Linley Sherin Amanda Winegardner
Xavier Giroux-Bougard
Vincent Fugère
Zofia Taranu

0.3 Contributing

Under construction.

  1. The QCBS R Workshop Series is part of the Québec Centre for Biodiversity Science, and is maintained by the series coordinators and graduent student, postdoctoral, and research professional members. The contributors for this workshop can be accessed here.↩︎