HIE R Course

Data Analysis and Visualization with R

This is the website for courses and workshops on R for Data Analysis held at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE).

On this page you will find information for the five-day R course held twice a year. For general information on this course, including registration and transport, please visit the site hosted by the HIE. Follow 'Workshops' in the menu on the right for information on a number of shorter workshops on Advanced Topics in R.

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The R manual

Download the book 'Data analysis and visualization with R' by Remko Duursma, Jeff Powell, and Glenn Stone below. This book is used in the HIE R Course, and includes exercises at the end of each chapter.


The AM session runs from 9:30-12:30, the PM session from 13:30-16:30.

Monday AM Basics of R (Chapter 1 and 2)
PM Special data types (Chapter 3)
Tuesday AM Visualizing data (Chapter 4)
PM Basic statistics & External resources (Chapter 5 and 13)
Wednesday AM Summarizing and tabulating data (Chapter 6)
PM Linear modelling (Chapter 7)
Thursday AM Programming : functions, lists and loops (Chapter 9)
PM Visualizing Data – Part 2 (handout and web resource)
Friday AM Project Management and Workflow (Chapter 9), Extra Topics
PM Time to work on own data, or self-study of a variety of additional topics.

Workshops: Advanced Topics in R

In addition to the five-day course held twice a year, we also organize ad-hoc workshops in Advanced Topics in R. Follow the links below for learning materials and other resources for the workshops. Everything is available free of charge.

About Us

Remko Duursma and Jeff Powell are at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University.


Remko Duursma

Remko's research interests centre on understanding vegetation structure and function with models and data, including water use, carbon uptake, canopy structure, and radiation absorption of trees and forests. Visit his website here.

Jeff Powell

Jeff's research interests centre on understanding community assembly processes, particularly in the context of soil ecology and plant-microbe interactions, and relating these to ecosystem function.