Course on beta diversity and MVA / Chetumal November 2001

Salva salherra at ctv.es
Sat Aug 25 04:29:02 EST 2001


Dear friends,

I will be lecturing a 4-week workshop on beta-diversity and MultiVariate 
Analysis (MVA) Techniques (PCA, CLUSTER, MDS) at the University of 
Chetumal (Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico) in November-
December 2001.  

The course will be made up of daily sessions having both a theoretical 
presentation and a practical exercise. The practical exercise will consist 
of applying various analytical tools for each MVA technique ON THE 
BASIS OF DIFFERENT DATA SETS FROM PUBLISHED PAPERS. As 
all of the course participants will be related to TROPICAL SCIENCE, 
those data sets MUST deal with topics within such area, ideally covering 
botany, zoology or microbiology research into terrestrial, riverine and 
marine habitats. Environmental analyses (abiotic parameters) are also 
welcome.  

I would like to enquiry whether some of you could possibly lend me a 
DATA SET in which any of the following techniques had been used:  

1/ Covariance-based Principal Component Analysis (PCA).
2/ Correlation-based Principal Component Analysis (PCA).
3/ Agglomerative clustering by samples, if possible using Bray-Curtis,
Camberra, Manhattan, Euclidean or Correlation diversity indexes (CLUSTER
ANALYSIS).
4/ Aglomerative clustering by species (inverse analysis) (CLUSTER ANALYSIS).
5/ Non-parametrical Multidimensional Scaling (MDS) and the ANOSIM test.
6/ Non-parametrical Multidimensional Scaling (MDS) and the SIMPER test.

THE COURSE WILL RESULT IN A (SPANISH-WRITTEN) MANUAL IN 
WHICH ALL CONTRIBUTORS WILL BE APPROPRIATELY 
MENTIONED.  

Any further information you may require about the course, please do not 
hesitate to contact either me or my counterpart at the University of 
Chetumal: Dr Manuel Elías-Gutiérrez (Postgraduate Coordinator: 
eliasgm at ecosur-qroo.mx; telephone 52 983 21666 ext. 223; fax 52 983 
20447).  

Thanks for your help in advance.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Salva


SALVADOR HERRANDO-PÉREZ
C/PADRE JOFRE 19, PISO 3, PTA 7
12006 CASTELLON DE LA PLANA
SPAIN
salherra at ctv.es


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