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Mostly a record of interesting or fun things we’ve learnt using the R language for programming and statistics. It’s a bonus if you find any of it useful and/or amusing.


Matt Dray

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I like using R to learn and teach, particularly if it involves important pop-culture references like Pokémon and Dawson’s Creek. I’m a data scientist in the public sector (my views belong to me and no-one else). I have a PhD in the effects of environmental change on plant litter decay (‘watching leaves rot’) from Cardiff University and an Entomology MSc from Imperial College London. I’m not the rapper.

Adriana De Palma

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I’m a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Natural History Museum, London. I have a PhD in Ecology and an MRes in Entomology from Imperial College London, and a BSc in Biology from the University of Sussex.

In terms of my research, I am particularly interested in using large scale ecological datasets to answer policy relevant questions. I work on the PREDICTS project with Andy Purvis, looking at how biodiversity responds over time to land-use change and related pressures. My more general interests lie with science policy, statistics and weird and wonderful invertebrates (my favourite being Collembola – the beautiful springtails).



  • For more R content, check out R Weekly, where posts from this blog have been featured.
  • A ‘rostrum’ is the mouthparts of insects in the order Hemiptera (true bugs) and also a speaker’s platform (yes, it’s an excellent pun)
  • This blog was originally a Wordpress blog that is now defunct