Latest news

Upcoming courses in Australia in July - August 2020: University of the Sunshine Coast, University of Adelaide, Charles Darwin University, Griffith University and James Cook University (pending).

New book(s)



Recently published paper(s)

A protocol for conducting and presenting results of regression-type analyses. Zuur A.F. and Ieno E.N. (2016). Methods in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12577

Welcome (Fàilte)

Highland Statistics Ltd was founded more that 15 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 courses per year, all over the world. Courses are non-technical and cover a wide range of statistical techniques and application fields. See this pdf file for a detailed description.



Our course material is based on a series of 11 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 8 books:

  • 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.