Introduction to meta-analysis in ecology
University of Perpignan June 25th - July 1st 2012
Participants of the COCONET Summer Course in Meta analysis (June 24-July1), Perpignan, France, organized by Prof. Joachim Claudet, CNRS.
The first COCONET Summer School took place in Perpignan, from June 25th to July 1st, 2012. The course provided the participants with the basics to conduct meta-analyses in ecology, from the problem formulation, up to the data collection, analysis, and presentation. It was taught by Prof. Fiorenza Micheli (Stanford University, USA), Prof. Craig Osenberg (University of Florida, USA) and Dr. Joachim Claudet (National Center for Scientific Research, CRIOBE, France). The course was attended by 27 participants hailing from 14 countries (Albania, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine).
Meta-analysis is the quantitative synthesis and analysis of a collection of independent studies. It provides a more objective and powerful way of summarising evidence across studies than descriptive reviews. The importance and utility of this quantitative method for answering new questions and synthesizing existing results in different fields of scientific research is demonstrated by the dramatic increase in the number of studies using meta-analysis in the last ten years.