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Online courses with on-demand video and live Zoom meetings in different time zones:

Introduction to GAM and GAMM. January 2023.

Introduction to Linear Mixed Effects Models and GLMM. February 2023.

Data Exploration, Regression, GLM & GAM with an introduction to R. May 2023.



From May 2023 onward, we will start with on-site courses again. If you would like to organise an on-site course in Europe, please contact us.

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Welcome (FĂ ilte)

Highland Statistics Ltd was founded more than 20 years ago by Dr. Alain F. Zuur (statistician). The company is based in Scotland and provides statistical courses and consultancy.


Statistics courses

An interdisciplinary team consisting of Dr. Alain F. Zuur (statistician) and Dr. Elena N. Ieno (biologist) teaches 20 - 25 statistical online and onsite courses per year. Courses are non-technical and cover a wide range of statistical techniques and application fields. See this pdf file for a detailed description. Due to the coronavirus, all our courses in 2022 will be given as online courses. Below is a short video explaining the three different formats that we use.




Our course material is based on a series of 12 statistical textbooks. The first 3 were published by Springer.

  • Analyzing Ecological Data (2007).
  • Mixed Effects Models and Extensions in Ecology with R (2009).
  • Beginner's Guide to R (2010), with translations in Japanese and Chinese.

Highland Statistics Ltd together with various world-renowned statisticians (Professor Joseph Hilbe and Professor Anatoly Saveliev) have published another 9 books:

  • The World of Zero-Inflated Models. Volume I: using GLM (2020).
  • Beginner's Guide to Spatial, Temporal and Spatial-Temporal Ecological Data Analysis with R-INLA.
    • Volume I: Using GLM and GLMM (2017).
    • Volume II: GAM and Zero-Inflated Models (2018)
  • Beginner's Guide to Zero Inflated Models with R (2016).
  • Beginner's Guide to Data Exploration and Visualization (2015).
  • Beginner's Guide to GAM and GAMM with R (2014).
  • Beginner's Guide to GLM and GLMM with R (2013).
  • Beginner's Guide to GAM with R (2012).
  • Zero Inflated Models and GLMM with R (2012).

Scientific papers

Highland Statistics Ltd staff have contributed to a large number of scientific papers, which has resulted in a long list of co-authored papers. In particular, we are first-authors of one of the most cited and downloaded papers in ecology:

  • A protocol for data exploration to avoid common statistical problems (2010). This paper is labeled as a 'Hot Paper' in the field of Environment/Ecology by Science Watch at Thomson Reuters.



Highland Statistics Ltd provides statistical consultancy in various forms, e.g. help with paper submission or referee comments, guidance with statistical analyses, or analysis of data. Our input can be anything from a few hours to large projects of 50+ days.