E-Series: R-Studio for Plant Breeders & Scientists

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Level 1: R for the Plant Breeder – Introduction, set-up, and workflows
This module aims to introduce Plant Breeders and Scientists to the world of R and to guide them through setting up their work environments, tools, and workflows. This course will make use of the power of RStudio and the plethora of tools in the Tidyverse to guide the student through the whole process from data collection, good practices on data organization, reporting, and everything in between, always with the goals of transparency and reproducibility.

This course is recommended prerequisite for UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy.

Level 2: ​​​​​​R for the Plan Breeder – Data exploration, visualization, and reporting basics
This module builds on the basics from Module 1 to provide the student with the knowledge and tools to be able to successfully clean up, wrangle, summarize, and visualize their data using R. For this we will be taking advantage of the power of RStudio and the Tidyverse tools. Visualize, communicate, and influence!! “The simple graph has brought more information to the data analyst’s mind than any other device.” — John Tukey.

This course is recommended prerequisite for UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy.

Level 3: R for the Plant Breeders & Scientists – Intermediate workflows and application in Plant Breeding and Research
This module builds on previous modules on this R sub-series and hopes to complement the E-Series #1 “Statistics and Experimental design” by showcasing examples and best practices of how to address basic statistical problems in plant breeding, assist with experimental design, and contribute to more effective plant breeding program output or research project outcome. 
[Course Registration for level 3 will open soon]

Level 4: R for the Plant Breeders and Scientists – Advanced workflows and application in Plant Breeding and Research
This module complements the statistical E-Series by showcasing examples and best practices for addressing statistical problems in plant breeding and assisting with experimental design. This module may demonstrate advanced and peer-reviewed applications for Plant Breeding. In addition, we will introduce powerful tools such as functional programming to help you simplify and automate common data analysis tasks.[Course Registration for level 4 will open soon]

4 Levels Available in 2023 - See dates & individual registration below:

Each level of this ONLINE course is 2-half days

Level 1 (Foundational level): March 21 & 22, 2023
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Pacific time zone (PDT)

Early Registration Price: $740*
Regular Registration Price: $850

*(Early Registration ends February 28, 2023)
​​​​Level 2: June 6 & 7, 2023
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific time zone (PDT)

Early Registration Price: $740*
​​​​​​Regular Registration Price: $850
*(Early Registration ends March 31, 2023)


Level 3: September 6 & 7, 2023
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Level 4: December 12 & 13, 2023
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Dr. Rodriguez Gil
Dr. Rodriguez Gil is an ecotoxicologist and environmental risk scientist with almost two decades of experience characterizing the effects of contaminants on the environment and aquatic systems. Jose Luis has worked with many classes of chemicals over the years but having completed his Ph.D. at the University of Guelph (Canada), a large portion of his work has focussed on plant protection products and agricultural settings. The large and complex nature of the datasets resulting from his research led him into the world of R, a subject he has been teaching at the university level for a few years, and for which he has received several awards.   



Jovan Djordjevic
Jovan Djordjevic spent over 25 cumulative years with Monsanto, Limagrain, and BASF Vegetable Seeds, where he was most recently director of their research and breeding teams and developed crop strategy (vegetable seeds) as BASF Vegetable's Global R and D Team Lead for breeding. An accomplished and experienced plant breeder, he brings broad-based expertise in plant breeding research and development, including the application of new technologies in breeding, building innovation culture & teams, linking business and complex R and D activities, and building organizational strategies centered around customers and consumers. Jovan is passionate about plant breeding and research technologies contributing to world food production, in particular those that involve fewer detrimental environmental impacts.


Attention International students: Please note before you register that you may enter your international phone number in the "Course Registration Information" section but in the "Contact information/Billing information" section, phone numbers must be in US format so you can enter: (530) 400-1234. Email jerobinson@ucdavis.edu with any additional questions or issues you may have. 

Questions? Contact us at sbc@ucdavis.edu