Experimental Design in Ecology


This two-day Experimental Design in Ecology training program provides valuable insight and lessons learned to designing study objectives, selecting sampling sites, choosing specific equipment, and recognizing and avoiding sampling biases. This course also introduces statistical analysis and interpretation of data to complete a scientifically defensible study. 

Each NRTG course includes free, lifetime admission. Enrol once – come back anytime.

Who attends?

The course is applicable for intermediate and senior staff that manage projects, staff, and programs.   

How do I attend?

This course is available via contract only to organizations/community groups.  To arrange a contract delivery, please contact us.

What do I bring or supply?  

Participants are required to bring a writing pad, pen, or pencils and refreshments (lunch is not provided).  For further information, please contact NRTG.   

More Information

Upon successful completion, EDE participants will be qualified and able to: 

  • Define and construct a study hypothesis
  • Define and determine parameters under study
  • Define and identify study type
  • Identify and select appropriate sampling sites
  • Identify and manage confounding factors
  • Identify and avoid sampling biases
  • Asses statistical versus ecological significance
  • Develop a scientifically defensible study

A two-day classroom-based training program. Classroom sessions are scheduled 9am to 5pm over two consecutive days.

There are no formal prerequisites, however, a basic working knowledge of statistics would be an asset.

Course fees will vary by course delivery location.  For further information, please contact us or refer to our schedule page.

Jeff Sereda, PhD.

Senior Fisheries Ecologist, Adjunct Professor University of Saskatchewan
Headshot of Jeff Sereda, Senior Fisheries Ecologist and NRTG instructor.

Jeff holds a PhD. in Limnology and an Aquaculture Technician Diploma. He served as manager of a commercial salmonid hatchery for 4 years, lectured at the University of Saskatchewan on topics of fish physiology, taxonomy, ecology, conservation, and aquaculture. Currently, Jeff is a Senior Habitat and Population Ecologist with the Saskatchewan Government and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

Jeff’s research has encompassed topics such as assessing the risk of lakes to anthropogenic eutrophication, macrophyte management, fish habitat restoration, and the impacts of water management on species as risk (Bigmouth Buffalo, Chestnut Lamprey, Mountain Sucker, and Lake Sturgeon). Jeff’s research has been presented at over 60 national and international conferences and resulted in 15 peer reviewed publications.

Frequently Asked Questions

We offer this two-day online course year-round. Please refer to our schedule page for course timing and locations.