Basic Course Information

This webpage will be revised regularly during the semester, with the expectation that you will check it between each class session.

I've activated the class on D2L, but again, only the grades are on D2L, and all the content will be here on the MSU website,


MWF 12:00- 12:50, Lewis Hall Room 306.


Dr Scott Creel 311-A Lewis Hall, Phone: 994-7033. Email:


Milan Vinks  Email: Milan will conduct regular help sessions on the use of R, the specific ecological and statistical methods that we will use, and general questions on class material.   Milan is available to help at other times by appointment.

HELP SESSIONS: will be Wednesday and Thursday 5-6 in the Ecology Library (3rd floor Lewis).  Bring your computer with R and RStudio installed, and with the packages that are identified in the R exercises installed.

Office Hours

TH 10-12, W 2-3. I am always happy to answer questions immediately after class (which is almost always a a convenient time for me), by email, or by appointment at other times.


The reading will be a mix of journal articles and textbook chapters. Required reading (journal articles, book chapters) that does not come from the textbook will be linked from this web page (links in the syllabus below). The textbook is Conservation of Wildlife Populations, 2nd edition by L.S. Mills  (Blackwell Publishing, ISBN 978-0-470-67149-8). 

The text is available from Amazon for instant purhase as an e-book.

Supplementary reading on the use of R is described in the Software section of this page, with a link to MSU SpringerLink.  When you are logged in to the MSU domian with your NetID, SpringerLink will let you download a pdf of A Beginner's Guide to R by Zuur, Ieno and Meesters (and any other book in the the UseR! series) and other sources specific to learning how to use R.