Are you interested in exploring the natural biological world? Do you like to organize things? Do you like solving mathematical problems for fun? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you will love learning about biological statistics! This course provides an introduction to mathematical data analysis in the context of the natural biological world. During our week together, students will learn how to collect data, then how to summarize that data into figures and charts, ultimately using mathematical equations to test hypotheses about those data. Students will construct frequency distributions for tree plot data, analyze allometric data from insects collected on campus, and learn to calculate test statistics by hand and by using computer spreadsheets. By the end of the week, students will have developed a poster presentation analyzing bivariate data that they have collected, summarized, and analyzed.
I am a proud NC native, and I now call Brevard my home! I was born in Greensboro NC, and I grew up in the mountains of Asheville NC. I attended Wake Forest University, where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, with a minor in Environmental Science. After graduation, I traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to Peru, where I studied the biodiversity of ground beetles in Andean cloud forests. I used this research to pursue a Ph.D. in Biology, also from Wake Forest (go Deacs!). I am currently the Division Chair of Science and Mathematics, and an Associate Professor of Biology at Brevard College, where I have taught since 2014.