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Maximum Likelihood Estimation for Natural Resources and Ecology

Maximum Likelihood Estimation for Natural Resources and Ecology is a non-credit, on-line course that will introduce students to model fitting by maximum likelihood techniques, estimation of uncertainty in model estimates (e.g., likelihood profiling), and methods of inference using multiple models (e.g., AIC model averaging). This course will provide the foundation needed to understand more advanced statistical methods, such as generalized linear modeling and Bayesian statistics. The course consists of eight primary units and a supplemental math review unit. Worked exercises and assignments using ecological and fishery related data occur throughout the units. Student progress through the course will be entirely self-paced.

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Cost: $470 ($100 discount given to students and employees of QFC Supporting Partners*)

Purchasing the class



  • Get an MSU Community ID
  • Make sure your MSU Community ID is activated -- activation instructions are sent to the email entered in the previous step.
  • Go to the store -- login using your MSU Community ID (same as the email you used in the previous step)


  • Have the student get an MSU Community ID
  • Make sure the student activates their MSU Community ID -- activation instructions are sent to the email entered in the previous step.
  • Have the student register at the store using their MSU Community ID (same as their email) and password
  • Go to the store to purchase the class


  • *Supporting partners - employee or student of a QFC Supporting Partner agency or institution (MSU, GLFC, Michigan DNR, Ohio DNR, Minnesota DNR, Wisconsin DNR, New York DEC, Ontario MNRF, Illinois DNR, Pennsylvania FBC, GLIFWC)

    For help, contact Charlie Belinsky: 517-432-5087 or belinsky@msu.edu