Tropical Conservation and Development Research Methods: Data Collection & Management

LAS 6292
Section 02DD
Class 21946

Days: Tuesdays
Times: 9:35 am - 12:35 pm
Location: Grinter 376

Course description

This course is for graduate students from any discipline – social sciences, humanities, biophysical sciences – and at all stages of their graduate program. It is an introduction to methods for collecting, organizing, managing, and visualizing both qualitative and quantitative data. Students will gain hands-on experience with best practices and tools; at the conclusion of this course students will be able to: 1) Describe the different types of research data; 2) Explain the need for and benefits of data management and sharing; 3)Describe and implement best practices for the collection, storage, management, archiving, and sharing of research data; 4) Find, download, and analyze publicly available data from repositories; 5) Carry out simple and reproducible data corrections and dataset organization; 6) Describe public policies and agency requirements for data management and sharing; 7) Articulate the major legal and ethical considerations regarding the collection, use, and storage of research data 1 (e.g., privacy/human subjects, intellectual property); 8) Create and Implement and a Data Management Plan; and 9) Identify and properly use tools and techniques for more efficient and secure data collection in the field.


Emilio Bruna SmallEmilio M. Bruna
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
380 Grinter Hall
Tel: 352-846-0634
Fax: 352-392-7682

Research Interests
Science and Science Policy in Latin America, Bibliometrics/Scientometrics, Tropical conservation and ecology, Statistics and Data Management for Latin American Studies.

Geographic Expertise
Brazil (Amazonia, Cerrado)