**Workshop Overview**

R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics that has gained widespread acceptance in many branches of biology, becoming a

*lingua franca*and an almost indispensable tool. In part, this is due to R’s enormous flexibility and free distribution. R can perform a broad and ever-growing range of analyses and data manipulation tasks, but this introductory workshop is not focused in any one of them in particular. Instead,

**, thus helping participants initiate their own process of learning the specific tools needed for their research (see figure below).**

*the objective of the workshop is to teach the basic knowledge necessary to use R independently*The workshop is designed for researchers in ecology, evolution, conservation or systematics, at any stage of their careers, including undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, faculty and scientists at research institutions. The workshop will emphasize practical exercises, but will include some directed lectures.

**Three things that this workshop is:**

1. This workshop is all about learning how to program in R.

2. This workshop is a good introduction (if you know nothing) or a good review of the basics (if know a bit).

3. This workshop is intense.

**Two things that this workshop is not:**

1. This workshop is not designed to create R experts (impossible to do in just 3 days).

2. This workshop is not about statistics or about any other specific application of R.

**Next Instances of the R Basics Workshop:**

**Saint Louis, MO, USA**- Summer 2017 - exact dates TBD.