New website - Using R for fisheries analyses

R is a software environment for statistical analyses and graphics that has several characteristics that make it attractive for fisheries science work. Two good destriptions of these characteristics can be found on the Inside-R and R-project web pages. Because of these advantages the R environment is rapidly gaining popularity, both generally and within the fisheries science field. However, because R is a language that must be learned many users may not adopt R as an analytical engine.

This web-site has been developed to provided examples of fisheries-related analyses that can be performed in R. It is my hope that these examples will inspire or motivate you to "take up" use of R or, if you are already an R user, provide examples on which you can build your R knowledge. I initially populated the web-site with examples that I have written based on handouts from my Fisheries Science and Management class at Northland College. However, it is my hope that others will contribute examples or scripts to this page so that it can become a collaboration that provides a wider illustration of the ability of R to help with fisheries work.

The examples can be found under the "General Examples", "Book Examples", or "Journal Examples" tabs at the top of this page. The "Book" and "Journal" examples are analyses that are directly related to material in specific books or journal articles. The "General" examples do not relate to any specific source but rather illustrate a general analysis (e.g., Von Bertalanffy growth model). A brief description of fisheries-releated packages can be found under the "Packages" tab. Finally, the "News" tab contains a blog where I will announce modifications to the fishR web-site and the "Submit" tab explains how you can include your examples or scripts on this site.