Statistical Rethinking Study Group

  • Start Date: May 04, 2022
  • End Date: September 07, 2022
  • Time: 9-11am Pacific
  • City: ONLINE
  • Venue: online via Zoom
  • Instructor: Dr. Joseph Thorley
  • Registration now full. To join waitlist email [email protected]

Course Description

This course is for anyone working with data who wants to further their understanding of Bayesian analysis (in the context of biological systems). With Dr. Joe Thorley’s guidance and support, students will spend four months immersing themselves in Bayesian modeling in this weekly two-hour interactive session reviewing one chapter of Statistical Rethinking (2nd Edition) by McElreath (2020), and watching McElreath’s accompanying online lectures (an average of 1 hour each). More information on Statistical Rethinking is available here, and the first lecture can be viewed here.

This will be an incredible opportunity to take your knowledge and skills to the next level in a way that the material truly “sinks in” due to the long timeline (16 sessions) and design of this course.

Session recordings will be made available to students for up to two weeks after each session should students miss a session or wish to review content.

There will be 16 sessions in total that will take place on Wednesday mornings from May 4th – Sept 7th, with the exception of July 20th and 27th (no sessions on these two days in July.)


Course outline

Each 2 hour session will consist of:

  • Reflections from participants on latest material
  • Overview of latest material including analytic demonstrations and how it relates to biology Q & A on latest material Discussion on any material to date



Participants should have taken at least one university level statistical course and have some practical experience fitting statistical models. Statistical analysts, modelers or statisticians who wish to deepen their understanding of statistics from a Bayesian perspective will have interest in this course.


Our Instructor

Dr. Joseph Thorley, R.P.Bio. is a Senior Computation Biologist at Poisson Consulting Ltd. He has been programming in R and C++ for over 20 years and has co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed papers. He consults for industrial, governmental, conservation and first-nations organizations. Prior to forming Poisson Consulting in 2007, he worked for the Scottish Government as a fisheries biologist for three years.

Preparation and what to bring

All course materials will be provided as part of your course fees.

Participants will need a stable internet connection and your own working computer equip with video camera and a speaker/mic adequate enough to clearly communicate via the Zoom video conferencing platform. More info on system requirements for Zoom can be found here.

There are no prerequisites or mandatory pre-reading (although participants will be expected to read a chapter and watch an average of 1 hour of video a week to keep up with the course).

There is no software to download other than Zoom. Analytic demonstrations will be provided but not supported, although users are free to attempt to run code examples in their own time.



This is a new course for us!  For this run we’ve tried to keep the costs to you as low as possible.

*In order to run this course we require a min. registration of 14 students. Please register immediately to secure the course and your seat in it!

Cancellation policy and other contingencies:

  • Our regular cancelation policy will apply.
  • If students are unable to attend the sessions, they will have access to the session recordings for up to two weeks after the delivery of each session.

Member: $575*

Non-Member: $620

*Memberships may be purchased and renewed while you register. More about membership here.


Registration for this course is now full. To join the cancellation list, please email Hailey at


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