PS statistics prides itself on the quality of its instructors. Experts in their field, many are involved in the development of new methods; author and contribute to ‘packages’ and have published scientific material in their field. Most importantly they are skilled and experienced in teaching and portraying the application of statistical theory and methods in a clear and easy to understand manner.
You can read about all of our course instructors below, listed alphabetically, click on the blue toggle to find out where they work, which courses they teach and about their research interests.
Dr. Oliver Hooker
Director of course development
Works at: – PR statistics (Director)
Oliver obtained his PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Glasgow (July 2012 – June 2016). His PhD research was in the area of ecologically driven evolution and speciation in postglacial fish, and how these processes complicate the application and planning of successful conservation strategies, especially in species that exhibit high levels of phenotypic structuring. Oliver thesis was very broad with chapters published on various topics ranging from morphology and physiology to legislation. Some of his work includes studying anthropogenic influences on phenotypic structuring within populations of Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) as well as investigating the physiological mechanisms that may drive and/or maintain ecologically driven speciation. In particular Oliver is interested in furthering the understanding of how genetic isolation arises in sympatric polymorphic populations of Arctic charr and brown trout, (Salmo trutta).
Prior to his PhD Oliver attended the University of Hull from September 2009 – June 2012 where he achieved a first class degree (83% average) with honours in Marine and Freshwater Biology. He was awarded the departmental prize (for outstanding work) in both his second and third year. Oliver set up PR~statistics in April 2014 with the aim of providing specific training courses and workshops for people at varying stages of their academic career, delivered by experts in these fields.
6) Hooker, O. E., Van Leeuwen, T.E. & Adams, C. E. (2015) Physiological costs of prey switching reinforce foraging specialisation. Journalof Animal Ecology. In press.
5) Adams, C. E., Bean, C. W., Dodd, J. A., Down, A., Etheridge, E. C., Gowans, A R. D., Hooker, O. E., Knudsen, R., Lyle, A. A., Winfield, I. J. & Præbel, K. (2016) Inter and intra-population phenotypic and genotypic structuring in the European whitefish, Coregonus lavaretus, a rare freshwater fish in Scotland. Journal of Fish Biology, 88(2), 580-594. [DOI ]
4) Hooker, O. E., Barry, J., Van Leeuwen, T., Lyle, A., Newton, J., Cunningham, P. & Adams, C. E. (2016) Morphological, ecological and behavioural differentiation of sympatric profundal and pelagic Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) in Loch Dughaill Scotland. Hydrobiologia, 783(1), 209-221. [DOI 10.1007/s10750-015-2599-0]
3) Van Leeuwen, T., Hooker, O. E., Metcalfe, N. & Adams, C. E. (2015) Differences in diet-induced flexibility in morphology and growth in a partially migratory species. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. [DOI 10.1139/cjfas-2015-0300]
2) Hooker, O.E., Maitland, P. S., Bean, C. W. & Adams, C. E. (2015) Effectiveness of Local Biodiversity Action Plans to Identify Locally Rare and Endangered Fish in Scotland. Scottish Geographical Journal 1-11. [DOI 10.1080/14702541.2015.1077267]
Effectiveness of Local Biodiversity Action Plans to Identify Locally Rare and Endangered Fish in Scotland
1) Barry, J., Newton, M., Dodd, J. A., Hooker, O. E., Boylan, P., Lucas, M. C. & Adams, C. E. (2015) Foraging specialisms influence space use and movement patterns of the European eel Anguilla Anguilla. Hydrobiologia 1-16. [DOI 10.1007/s10750-015-2466-z]
Dr. Charlotte Brand
Works at: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Exeter
4) Brand C. O., Ounsley J P., van der Post D. J. & Morgan T. J. H. (2017) The use of informative priors and Bayesian updating:
implications for behavioural research.
3) Brand C. O., Brown G. R. & Cross C. P. (2017) Sex differences in the use of social information emerge under conditions of risk. PeerJ Preprints
2) Brand C., Eguma R., • Zuberbuhler K. & Hobaiter C. (2014) First report of prey capture from human laid snare-traps by wild chimpanzees. Primates. [DOI 10.1007/s10329-014-0419-1]
1) Brown, G. R., Cross C. P., Street S. E. & Brand C. O. (2014) Comment: Beyond “Evolutionary Versus Social”: Moving the cycle debate shift forward. Emotion Review 1-2. [DOI: 10.1177/1754073914523050]
Prof. James Curley
Works at – Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Columbia University
Teaches – Social network analysis for behavioural scientists (SNAR)
Dr. Dale Barr
Works at – Lecturer at the University of Glasgow
Teaches – Introduction to R for psychologists (IPSY)
Dr. Luc Bussière
Works at – Lecturer at the University of Stirling
Teaches – Introduction to R for psychologists (IPSY)
Luc’s research involves estimating fitness landscapes to test hypotheses about how historical selection has favoured diversification, especially for expensive phenotypic traits such as sexually selected ornaments. Because selection operates on many traits simultaneously, and because phenotypic traits often covary, determining which traits affect fitness is quite challenging, especially when using observational datasets from studies of wild populations. Consequently, Luc has had to learn a number of advanced inferential techniques.
Knowing the importance of mastering these methods, Luc has developed new graduate and undergraduate courses in statistics. These have provided students with valuable analytical skills for both data-rich biological research and industry. His course focus on the practical needs of modern ecologists and evolutionary biologists, and exploit his experience as a scientist, supervisor, editor and teacher.
Dr. William Hoppitt
Works at – Lecturer in Zoology at the University of Leeds