We are happy to announce that Dr. Jarrett Byrnes (UMass Boston) is coming to Swansea University to give a course on Structural Equation Modeling!
Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) or path analysis is a multivariate technique that can test for the nature and magnitude of direct and indirect effects of multiple interacting factors. SEM is an approach that interprets information about the observed correlations among the traits of organisms or groups of organisms in order to evaluate complex causal relationships. It is a rich technique that is particularly well suited for large-scale observational community or population data sets. Its intuitive connection to how we conceive of our study systems makes it a powerful and useful technique for ecologists and evolutionary biologists. The goal of this workshop is to familiarize ecologists the basic techniques of SEM using the ‘lavaan’ package in R.
More information about the course can be found at http://byrneslab.net/teaching/sem/
The course is limited to 20 participants, so make sure you register soon!