Workshop | Exploring Threatened Species Data with galah: The Atlas of Living Australia's R Package

Join the EIANZ and speakers from the Atlas of Living Australia as they take us through how to explore threatened species data with GALAH.

The galah package allows people to filter and download species occurrence records, taxonomic information and associated media in R. Built and hosted by the Atlas of Living Australia, this package provides access to over 130 million occurrence records on the ALA, and supports queries to 10 other Living Atlases and GBIF.

This dynamic, small group session will be strictly limited to 25 participants to allow for active engagement. Dr Martin and Dr Kellie will demonstrate how to use galah to query data associated with species on statutory conservation lists, and how to visualise this data.

Attendees should have a basic understanding of R and R Studio, and be familiar with using R scripts to run code and how to prepare their workspace to run code. An understanding of basic data wrangling and visualisation as described in R for Data Science by Wickham and Grolemund (2016) is also helpful but not essential.

Attendees should download the latest version of R and R Studio (or their preferred program to use R) ahead of this session.

If you have a specific question you want to know about, you can submit your questions to ahead of time to be answered in the session.

Meet the speakers

Dr Dax Kellie | Data Analyst & Science Lead at the Atlas of Living Australia

Dax is a Data Analyst & Science Lead at the Atlas of Living Australia. He holds a PhD in evolutionary biology and social psychology. Interested and knowledgeable in open science, reproducible practices and scientific transparency. Skilled in R, Quarto, GitHub, html, css, with some experience in graphic design and web design.

Dr Martin Westgate | Science & Decision Support Team lead at the Atlas of Living Australia

Martin leads the Science and Decision Support Team at the Atlas of Living Australia. Prior to that this role he was a Research Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment & Society at the Australian National University. His doctoral research was on frogs, specifically how patterns of past fire affect where frogs can persist. He is also a scientific programmer in R, with substantial experience in package development, statistical analysis, and data visualisation.

This event will run off Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

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Event details

When: 7 May 2024
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Where: Zoom meeting
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Cost: $10 - EIANZ members, $20 non-members (AUD)

Registrations Close: 7th May 24 2:30 PM

Places Available: 15

Contact: Registration and event enquiries to or +61 8593 4140 or +64 9887 6972

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