An introduction to the use of the R statistical computing environment for analysis of biodiversity data. This workshop will provide a brief introduction to R, an overview of resources for ecological and evolutionary analysis in R, and give participants hands-on experience using R to analyze the evolution of species traits and the taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity of ecological communities.

You will need to have the latest version of R and the following packages installed on your computer prior to the workshop:

- R version 3.0.1 or newer
- picante R package version 1.6 or newer

You can download R for Windows, Mac, or Linux from http://www.r-project.org.

Once you have installed R, you can install the picante package by typing the following command within R while connected to the internet:

`install.packages("picante", dependencies=TRUE)`

The RStudio Desktop development environment is optional but highly recommended.

- Download all workshop materials in a single file: Kembel_R_Workshop.zip
- Introduction to R
- R for Biodiversity Analysis
- Grassland data sets (grassland_data.zip)
- Biodiversity R Workspace (R_biodiversity_workspace.RData)
- Building a phylogenetic tree
- species_list.txt
- Phylomatic phylogeny building software